From: Andrew West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jul 31 2010 - 05:07:53 CDT
On 31 July 2010 08:54, William_J_G Overington <email@example.com> wrote:
> I wonder how long all of the balloting will take and how long will be idle time between ballots and meetings.
The standardization process and balloting regulations that govern
ISO/IEC 10646 are set out in Part 1 of the ISO/IEC Directives
together with the ISO/IEC JTC1 Supplement
If you read these documents carefully you should be able to get a good
understanding of the rigorous processes involved in producing an
I give a slightly more accessible summary of the processes involved in
producing the Unicode and 10646 standards at
-- read especially the section entitled "The Ballot Process" (note
that the balloting process followed by JTC1 is currently being
changed, which will result in a somewhat longer ballot period, and
consequently a longer "idle" period between meetings ... of course the
"idle" period is anything but idle for those involved in character
> Are there constitutional procedures such as "extraordinary meeting" and "urgent question" that could get the encoding done faster?
No. I cannot speak for Unicode, but international standards are
produced according to rigorous and inflexible procedures which are
necessary to assure the high quality and reputation of standards
produced by ISO. Holding an extraordinary meeting (either physical or
virtual) would not expedite the matter as the due balloting process
still needs to be followed. In any case such a (hypothetical) meeting
could not be arranged before the next scheduled meeting for WG2 in
>Could an extraordinary meeting for the one symbol be held over the internet using a teleconferencing system?
I don't think so.
> So whether the symbol is encoded in 2010 or 2011 or later could make a difference even some years later.
Well, it won't be encoded until late 2011 at the earliest, and people
will just have to live with that.
> Yet do make haste!
If you don't like Latin, how about "More haste, less speed!"
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