Re: Sorting and Filing in bib. records in UNICODE

From: Alain LaBont/e'/ (
Date: Wed Jun 04 1997 - 14:29:22 EDT

A 09:35 97-06-04 -0700, Unicode Discussion a écrit :
> Help
> I am learning about UNICODE so as to provide some UNICODE knowledge at
> the British Library's Yorkshire site to complement Anthony Brickell's
> knowledge in London.
> So far, I have studied the UNICODE home page and many links therefrom,
> and have read, marked, learned and inwardly digested what I could
> find.
> One issue concerning us in the British Library as we move towards our
> new Corporate Bibliographic System is the SORTING or FILING RULES
> we might need when UNICODE is used in our bibliographic records --
> which might contain different scripts, or different languages using
> the same scripts.
> May I ask if anyone out there has got all this "sorted" -- no pun
> intended, or can even assist me in such an early stage as identifying
> and articulating what issues need to be addressed here?
> Chris White

[Alain LaBonté] :
There is an ISO/IEC JTC1 project on this: ISO/IEC 14651, which just went
out of the 1st CD stage (with more than 75% approval, but with substantial
comments from a few countries). A final CD will be prepared this summer and
will be sent in October 1997 for final CD ballot (that will eventually be
followed by a DIS ballot [at this DIS stage it will already be a
preliminary standard which will be sold by ISO] next year to make it an
international standard hopefully by 1999).

This standard is related to ISO/IEC 14652, Specifications for cultural
conventions, which deal among other things with time and date formatting
and with the syntax used to make the tables in ISO/IEC 14651. As ISO/IEC
14652 was not ready for the first ballot of ISO/IEC 14651 which ended last
April, we slightly delay the latter a bit to synchronize both standards.

You can contact your national member body of ISO to follow and give input
to it. In your case that body is the British Standard Institution, which
has already been actively represented in ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG20 responsible
for the making of this standard, but it has been more sporadically
represented since about two years. It would be nice to have additional
British experts participating in this work and you are kindly invited to
join if you can.

The last meeting of JTC1/SC22/WG20 was held in Québec in May and the next
one will be held in November in Egypt.

Alain LaBonté

Project Editor, ISO/IEC 14651

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