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standardization mtg agenda
The following is offered as a tentative agenda for the proposed March
1) Presentation on standardization organizations and procedures
(IEEE, X3, ...).
2) Discussion of when should Scheme standardization begin.
I say when, not whether, because I believe it is inevitable sooner
or later, for better or for worse. If there are cogent arguments
for delaying a couple of years or so, we should here them.]
3) Discussion of which official standardization organization would be best
serve our purposes.
This discussion can't really be separated from 2); for example,
I suspect IEEE standardization would be a good thing, but doubt
we should proceed if that is ruled out.
4) Develop a charter for the standardization working group.
I suspect we should keep this group separate from the R*S author's group.
(To avoid confusion, I suggest we call the former the "working
group" and the later the "report group".) Clearly the working and
report group memberships should have a large intersection, and
their meetings might whenever possible be held back-to-back in
the interest of those participating in both. The purpose of the
charter is to clarify the respective roles of the two groups. For
example, we could agree that no language feature be in the standard
that is not in the report, but allow the documents to differ
somewhat in style and allow the reports to include experimental
features. I see the present report as somewhere in between these
two documents (some features might be left out in the standard and
some less tried features might be added to the report).
5) Choose officers (Chair, Vice Chair, others if necessary) for the
The umbrella standards organization actually appoints the officers
(at least in the IEEE), but presumably they will accept our suggestions.
6) Discuss location, time and agenda of first working group meeting.
This might be at the L&FP conference, or we might prefer to devote
all the available time there to the report group meeting.
6) Discussion of the next report group agenda.
6) and 7) will be included only as time allows after the above items
have been given adequate consideration.
7) Discuss possible changes to the R3RS for the standard.
This is clearly beginning the work of the working group, and should only
be undertaken if their is time (unlikely) or some item is thought
to be important enough that it will influence the decisions above.
I would rather discuss things to leave out of the standard (there
are several possibilities I can think of) instead of discussing
possible additions (which are more the business of the report group).
8) Final consensus on points 2)-5) above.
Since the points for discussion above are tightly interwoven, we
should probably conclude with a final motion for consensus.
(I hope voting is not necessary, and if it is a "clear majority",
not a simple majority, should be in favor of whatever action
we resolve on.)