Re: Unicode & Han

From: Edward Cherlin (
Date: Tue Aug 13 1996 - 01:51:06 EDT

Timothy Huang wrote:

[problems with standards meetings snipped]

>Thus, I think, a better way must be found. Standardization shouldn't be
>a rich guys' game, and should have only the qualified persons to
>participate. Perhaps, internet is a good choice. And this can be done in
>several stages. For example, the first stage can be just an open meeting
>for a period of time (1 month, 2 months?), anybody can voice his/her
>opinion(s). In this stage, plenty of discussions can take place.
>Debates/challenges/proposal/counter-proposal, etc., should be
>encouraged. Then, in the second stage, the voting members from each
>country will then vote, based on what they read from the stage one. Of
>course, this is just a thought for everybody to think about.
>Timothy Huang

I am entirely in favor of bringing technology to bear on standards
processes. I have participated in several ISO and ANSI standards meetings,
and I always felt that the costs were limiting participation even by rich
American companies, and much more the rest of the world. After my funding
got cut, I had to watch from afar. There may be some situations which
should be handled face to face, but this is not at all the general case,
especially given the relatively low cost of videoconferencing today. I
would like to see a formalized process developed for wide-ranging
participation on standards, using authentication technology to verify the
identities of voters, but otherwise allowing rather free participation in
terms of submitting and commenting on proposals. Perhaps someone should
propose a standard for electronic standards organizations. :-) :-) :-)

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