UTC #105 -- Day 1

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/11/02 03:01 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/11/02/487977.aspx


Well, today was day #1 of the Unicode Technical Committee meeting.

By the way -- why doesn't the Unicode Consortium have a blog? They could call it UniBlog!

It would like 470 BC, when much of the world looked like the cover of the Led Zepplin album "Houses of the Holy". There would be many steps and columns, it would be most tranquil.

Oh wait, that is Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure!

Anyway, a Unicode RSS feed would be nice to have, if we could not convince folks to make a Unicode blog, at least.

Ok, back to the UTC meeting.

This meeting takes place four times a year, although since this is the 105th meeting and the Unicode Consortium has not been around for 26.5 years, it must hsve previously met more often. I am not sure why this never occurred to me before, I just sort of used the number subconsciously and never thought about it. Oh well, in any case, today was the first day of the meeting.

We started a little later today, something we always do so that people have time to get here on early morning flight. Seems a bit useless to me since if it is no impossible to get to San Jose by 10:30am on on a Tuesday from out of town then it is as at least pretty improbable. But no worries, I came in the day before.... :-)

Today is a meeting of the script subcommittee, which is a really cool day since it is a focused attempt to take the "script" topics like new characters and new scripts and get them done first. This is a lot better than randomly interspersing the topics throughout the week, in my opinion (and obviously in the opinion of the people who thought of it).

Very cool all the way around.

Though I do think the subcommittee thing, where all recommendations it makes must be approved in plenary (which is the same people, a day or three later), feels a little unwieldy. Though it does save us from having to vote until later, so it probably just feels that way -- in reality it is likely to be much more efficient....

I am not sure what the rules are about talking about the meeting before the minutes are published (and the UTC in plenary can always not accept a script subcommittee meeting, just as anyone can reconsider a decision at the moment of truth) but I thought I'd give a quick smattering of topics....

and lots more.

It was a busy day, and everyone seems in good spirits.

Our host (Adobe) may have lots to do with that -- the space we are meeting in seems to be working quite well and everyone has connectivity and the Adobe cafeteria is nearby. If you work at Adobe, we're in the Albertus Room, feel free to stop by before 9:30 and say hi (I come in early each day so I'll be around!).


# Pavanaja on 2 Nov 2005 11:50 AM:

>By the way -- why doesn't the Unicode Consortium have a blog? They could call it UniBlog!

That's a great idea. Hope they will implement it. The word UniBlog is quite apt.

What was decided about Malayalam issues?

Regards,
Pavanaja

# Michael S. Kaplan on 2 Nov 2005 1:11 PM:

I cannot say just yet; hang in a little longer!

# Mark Raishbrook on 2 Nov 2005 6:19 PM:

As a fellow (?) Led Zep fan, it's payback time for the kind help you offered me on win32.programmer.international. Full info on the shooting of the "Houses of the Holy" cover can be found here: http://www.superseventies.com/ac28housesoftheholy.html.

# joshua on 26 Feb 2008 11:19 AM:

how do you work the bebl


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