Question on ISO-639:1988

Peter Constable petercon at
Wed Jun 2 18:35:45 CEST 2004

> From: Debbie Garside [mailto:debbie at]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 8:59 AM

> Basically the situation is this... LS 639 IS being developed and WILL
be accepted as
> BS 8639, it will be offered FREE (at some stage... given due process)
as ISO 639-6
> where people in "the know" will have the opportunity of accepting it
or rejecting it.  If
> nobody wants it fine... but let us consider it with open minds.

Debbie, I have no qualms whatsoever with this statement: I don't deny
that it is in a standards process within BSI; I know a proposal will be
presented to TC 37/SC 2/WG 1 to consider a new work item proposal; I
think it's entirely appropriate that it should be considered with open

I am simply concerned at giving the impression that it *will* be an ISO
standard when that is not by any means certain since there isn't even a
new work item (you haven't actually made that claim, but the way you
speak can easily leave that impression), and I *really* would like to
see better analysis justifying the need. In the absence of such
analysis, I'm not sure I could recommend to the US TAG that they vote in
favour of accepting a NWIP.

Peter Constable
Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies
Microsoft Windows Division

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