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What's up Japan!

Jeeez ... has it been a long time since I last wrote a blog-entry here. It's not so much that I didn't want to write something ... but I have found myself pre-occupied with other tasks at the grinding mill. It also seems to me that most of the other participants of the disussions have done the same thing - maybe with on exception.

Anywho - in other news, OASIS submitted their response to the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34-defect report.It is in form of the document "Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) 1.0 Errata 01". The Danish mirror-committee to JTC1/SC34 talked about it at our meeting last Friday and we will look into the response as soon as possible. I have made a kindof-thorough look-through of the document and I was able to confirm and accept most of the corrections. A few were a bit odd, but it's not a big deal. To me, the most important thing is to move on, have the "chapter" on ODF 1.0 in ISO/IEC closed and now concentrate on development of ODF 1.2 and"ODFNext" or whatever the latest friendly name of ODF 1.2++ is. It is my feeling that the Danish mirror committee concurs with me here, so I would suspect us to approve the response from OASIS before the JTC1/SC34-plenary in Pragh in the end of March 2009. If anyone in JTC1/SC34 need a helping hand editing the response and turning it into a COR, please let me know.

On more thing, though. Can anyone tell me if the proposed changes to IS26300 in the Errata 01 document are all included in ODF 1.2?

So what about Japan?

Well, next week the first meeting of WG4 in SC34 will take place in Okinawa, Japan. The draft agenda can be seen at the Japanese SC34 website and is also listed here:

  1. Opening - 2009-01-28 10:00

  2. Roll Call of Delegates
  3. Adoption of the Agenda

  4. Overview of the JTC 1 Maintenance Process (WG 4 N0012)
  5. Defect Reports (WG 4 N 0015)

  6. Comment Collection Form
  7. Schedule for Reprints or Technical Corrigenda

  8. Accessing the SC 34/WG4 Email Archive and Document Repository (WG4 N0014)
  9. Future Meetings (F2F and Teleconferences)

  10. Any other business

  11. Closing

So we are basically going to bee looking at what to do next. How will we structure our work? How will we keep the pace up and (rather importantly), how will we collect suggestions or defects from the public. I know that it is important to the Danish mirror committee that the widest possible audience will be heard, so I am looking forward to some interesting discussions here.

We will of course take a look at the defects that have already made their way to our system. There are currently about 50 single defects reported, some by ECMA and some by various national bodies. The defects range from spelling errors through decisions from Geneva not being implemented correctly to errors in the XML-schemas for OOXML. Denmark will sadly not be able to contribute at this time, due to "shortage of labour" but we still hope that we will have something by the end of March.

And finally - I have not asked for a full list of participants to the meeting just yet, but the last figure I heard was about 20 people in total. That's a lot - but still less than the 120 we were in Geneva.


PS: Is it cold in Okinawa?