WG4 has been meeting in Bellevue, Washington the last three days, as part of a full week of activities around the upcoming SC34 plenary here this Thursday. We wrapped up the meeting with a half-day this morning (Tuesday), after meeting all day on Sunday and Monday.
WG4 covered a variety of topics in this week’s meetings. I won’t get into great detail on those, because some of these topics are still open and WG4 deliberations will continue in future calls and meetings, but here are a few of the more interesting topics we covered:
In addition to the 20-25 people in the room each day, we had a few people call in to contribute and participate. Especially noteworthy, in my opinion, were the phone contributions from Japan’s Toshiya Suzuki (who was on the phone from roughly 2:00AM to 9:00AM his time) and Denmark’s Jesper Lund Stocholm, who juggled LiveMeeting, a phone call, and a 2-month-old baby with aplomb. Thanks for calling in, guys.
We also had two presentations from invited Microsoft experts. Zeyad Rajabi covered custom XML, and Jeff Chen covered Markup Compatibility and Extensibility. This gave WG4 members an opportunity to ask questions of subject-matter experts in these areas, to help inform future maintenance activities.
Other SC34 working groups are also meeting here this week prior to the Thursday plenary, including WG5 (ODF-OXML translation), WG3 (topic maps), and WG1 (validation). This afternoon and tomorrow, I’m attending AHG3, the ad-hoc group looking into ODF maintenance and how SC34 and OASIS can work together on maintenance going forward. I’m going to also try to spend some time with WG5 if I can (which is meeting at the same time as AHG3), and then Thursday is the SC34 plenary itself, and Friday we have a DII workshop over in Redmond on the Microsoft campus. Busy week.
I’ll cover some of these topics in more detail after decisions are made in WG4 and/or relevant resolutions are approved in the SC34 plenary.