RE: Ol Chiki character name typo?

From: Erkki I. Kolehmainen (
Date: Tue Nov 27 2007 - 14:43:56 CST

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    All ISO committees (tens of them) and working groups number their documents, and the number is preceded by the organization level.
    Thus, you'll find e.g., ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2 documents, ISO/IETC JTC1/SC2 documents, ISO/IEC JTC1 documents, etc, The same document will be assigned a different number at each organizational layer, if applicable (most will be handled at one layer only), which makes a lot of sense to me. Try to imagine a universal document numbering system (since the Latin alphabet certainly would not be anywhere near sufficient to ISO alone).

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    Lähettäjä: [] Puolesta David Starner
    Lähetetty: 27. marraskuuta 2007 21:30
    Vastaanottaja: Andrew West
    Aihe: Re: Ol Chiki character name typo?

    On Nov 27, 2007 1:07 PM, Andrew West <> wrote:
    > All ISO committees have their own n-numbers, so SC2 n-numbers are
    > different from SC2/WG2 n-numbers, which are different from SC2/WG2/IRG
    > n-numbers. [...]
    > It's not rocket science.

    Funny that; it sounds a lot like the rocket science that crashed a probe on Mars because it couldn't decide between metric and imperial. Anyone else find it incredibly, mind-bogglingly stupid to label a series of documents n1, n2 and so on, when you know that someone else is also labeling an overlapping set of documents n1, n2, and so? There's 26 letters of the English alphabet, so even if you have to use
    letter+number format, you can use a different letter.

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