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ISO Paints Itself Incompetent
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, March 03 2008 @ 07:34 PM CST
Hard to know just where to start.

Let me just say that I've had the pleasure/hell of chairing many sessions in my adult life on issues contentious and otherwise.

One thing, though, was blindingly clear before the BRM was held.  There as no way that a mere 5 days would even get a good start on doing what ISO/IEC say they wanted to do given the number of  comments in the September 2007 balloting.  So I'm not at all surprised that that is exactly what happened.

It isn't as if this wasn't known prior to the meeting and a longer session was rejected by ISO/IEC and the convenor Alex Brown.  All within the rules, I note.

Now we all move to the next step on this proposed "standard" with more bad feelings and recrimination that was present before it started.

It strikes me that the fast track process was put in place for quick adoption of proposed standards on which there was a considerable level of agreement so that compressed time lines for sessions like the BRM stood a chance of success.  That never existed here nor is it likely to given the proposal's present form.

ECMA may not be guilty of out and out abuse of the fast track process given the above though the effect is the same.  Perhaps worse as ISO/IEC has let the abuse go this far.  Probably also within the rules which, by now, are known to be utterly incapable of handling a proposal like this.

Nothing, I'm sad to say, will change the black eye ISO has inflicted on itself with this opaque process, lacking any and all transparency which, at the end of the day, has left more confusion than when it started.  The participants, NBs, Alex Brown and others present did their best with an impossible situation that would never have been allowed to happen by a competent standards organization.  That's how ISO looks now.



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