Here is a quick summary of my impressions of the Kyoto meeting.
Japan is so cheap to eat and stay in hotels! As long as you avoid touristic places.
Kyoto is so beautiful.
A real changing of the guard at SC34, with new Secretarat Manager, Convenor, and changes to the heads of WG1 and WG3. These are some of the people I really enjoyed seeing at meetings, and often quite eccentric or wonderful, so I hope they will still participate.
We now have a fulltime professional Secretariat Manager. It seems she is crackimg the whip to get things tightened up. For example, under the new rules I will have to be a delegate from Australia again, not independent.
DSDL is ticking along OK. We worked through some of the very last issues for some of the specs. After the horror year of 2007, we all hope things will settle down.
We are going to have a new version of Schematron. This will include the various features requested over the last few years, notably a better import mechanism, XSLT2 support, and so on. I am pretty sure I want to fold in code for ISO DSRL, ISO CRDL and ISO DTLL to the skeleton implementation, which will give a lot more capabilities. We are looking at standardizing a streaming version of Schematron as Part 6 of DSDL.
I had been tasked with trying to contact PKWARE about a possible ISO standard for ZIP. They did not reply to me, but the OOXML editor said he was in contact with them, so I expect there will be some progress there soon. That is one advantage of having the big boys at the table.
One feature of this set of meetings is the increasingly strong desire by the chairmen to prevent any wandering off into off-topic matters. This is of course because of the impending BRM which loomed over many people’s minds (but not me!) which looks like being a very disciplined affair, indeed.
It was great to see many new nations participate: we had two delegations from Africa, a delegation from India, more Europeans. Very often the delegations included a professional from the standards body, rather than a technical person, so I think they were familiarizing themselves with the lay of the land preparatory to the BRM. There are already more delegates registered for the BRM than can fit in the theatre provided (120) so it looks like the larger NBs will have to trim out excessive delegates. But lots of smart people will be looking at lots of issues. ECMA TC45 had their meeting the week before SC34, and it seems they have been ploughing through the issues.