Date: June 20, 1997
Business plan and
ISO/IEC JTC1 SC22/WG20 - INTERNATIONALIZATION
July 1996 - June 1997
Arnold F. Winkler
2476 Swedesford Road
Paoli, PA 19301
Identification of elements relevant to the work of SC22
that may be affected by differences in language, culture, customs
and habits; and for these elements, develop standards that enable
applications to be portable across differing cultural practices;
and develop a Technical Report that describes a framework for
nations to provide those elements
Second edition of TR 10176: "Guidelines for the preparation of programming language standards"
Akio Kido and Makoto Noda
TR 11017: "Framework for internationalization"
project - no standard associated)
Functionality of the internationalization of applications
ISO/IEC 14651: International string ordering
ISO/IEC 14652: Specification of Cultural Conventions
ISO/IEC 15435: Internationalization API
For details see later discussion of projects in section 4.
WG20 believes that through the proliferation of PCs and
the world wide web, internationalization has become a very
important factor in the creation of programs and thus programming
During last year WG20, especially the editor T.K. Sato, completed the work on TR 11017 - Framework for internationalization. The TR is now with ITTF for publication.
The international string ordering standard (IS 14651) has
now CD status and we will submit the updated document for final
CD ballot in October.
The working group has met 12 times since the first meeting
in 1991. Participants come from Canada, Denmark, Egypt, England,
Ireland, Israel, France, Japan, and the United States.
WG20 has established a good working relationship with CEN TC304
working groups for sorting and cultural conventions, we even met
for a common session in autumn of 1996.
The biggest issue in SC22/WG20 - as in most other
standards developing organizations - is that many companies can
not afford to make enough resources available for speedy
development of standards. For many participants in our meetings,
the meeting time is the only time they can spend on the projects.
Additionally, travel budgets are tight, thus restricting the
participation even further.
WWW HOME PAGE FOR
SC22/WG20 opened it's WWW home page.
The home page address is http://www.dkuug.dk/JTC1/SC22/WG20/
The home page includes:
Keld Simonsen maintains the home page.
|6||April 1994||Oxford||United Kingdom|
|15||Fall 1998||Israel||USA and UK as alternatives|
|Liaison from WG20||Organization||Subject|
|T.K. Sato||SC2/WG2||Character Sets|
|Keld Simonsen||CEN TC 304||I18n, character set technology|
|Alain LaBonté||SC18/WG9||User System Interface|
|Alain LaBonté||SC18||C/G Model|
|Keld Simonsen||TC37/SC2/WG3||Alphabetic ordering|
|Liaison to WG20||Organization||Subject|
|T.K. Sato||SC2/WG2||Character Sets|
|Þorvaður Kári Ólafsson||CEN TC 304||I18n, character set technology|
WG20 makes all efforts to complete project JTC1.22.13,
revision of guidelines for the preparation of programming
language standards, with the disposition of the DTR ballot
comments and the final TR text later this year.
We concentrate our efforts to get IS 14651, the sorting
standard, to FCD and to DIS ballot.
WG20 needs to find a native English speaker to edit TR
10176 for proper English. None of the participants in WG20 has
English as the mother tongue.
WG20 needs to progress project JTC1.22.30.03 (cultural
conventions specification) to CD stage for reference in the
Technical objections in late state of projects may delay
We expect that the increased use of electronic
distribution and the web will speed up our internal approval
process. We also hope that the participation from Ireland and
England will result in help for the editorial review of TR 10176.
Complete TR 10176
Registration and CD ballot for IS 14652
FCD and DIS ballot for IS 14541.
|Title||Framework for internationalization|
|Type||A type 3 Technical Report|
|Editor||T. K. Sato|
|Status||The TR 11017 is being published in English and French language. The project is completed, the TR is being published by ITTF.|
|Title||Guidelines for the preparation of programming languages standards|
|Type||An amendment to a type 3 Technical Report|
|Editor||A. Kido and M. Noda|
|Status||Document SC22 N4579 (WG20 N477) has been sent for DTR ballot to JTC1. Ballot closed June 17, 1997.|
|Title||International string ordering|
|Type||International Standard ISO/IEC 14651|
|Status||Document SC22 N2364 (WG20 N471) has been sent for CD ballot to JTC1. The ballot results in SC22 N2466 were discussed in the WG20 meeting in Quebec, the editor is preparing the disposition of comments and the new version of the standard will be sent to SC22 for FCD ballot in October 1997.|
|Title||Cultural convention specification standard|
|Type||International Standard ISO/IEC 14652|
|Status||A document is being prepared for registration and CD ballot. It will be sent to SC22 for distribution end of June 1997|
|Title||Internationalization API standard|
|Type||International Standard ISO/IEC 15435|
|Status||A document is being prepared for CD registration ballot|
|Title||Functionality of the internationalization of applications|
|Type||A number of standards, see subproject descriptions below|
|Status||This is an umbrella project|
This project is the umbrella project for the development of specific standards for functionality of the internationalization of applications, such that users can specify their cultural requirements, and obtain consistent behavior across system platforms and applications. Work is being done on the following projects:
- International string ordering (IS 14651)
- Cultural convention specification standard (IS 14652)
WG20 requests that SC22
approve to change the title of JTC1.22.30.02.02 - IS 14651 - to
"International string ordering and comparison - Method for
comparing character strings and description of the common
template tailorable ordering". (The current title is:
ISO/IEC 14651 - International String Ordering - Method for
comparing character strings and description of a default
WG20 asks SC22 to appoint
Keld Simonsen as project editor for JTC1.22.15435 - I18N APIs.
WG20 requests SC22 to
permit concurrent CD registration and CD ballot for the project
JTC1.22.15435 - I18N API standard.