TTCS tech meeting on Saturday 24th November 2007 – DIS 29500

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having a tech meeting on Saturday November 24th, 2007 from 1 to 5pm at Engineering Consultants at 112A Edward Street, Port of Spain (corner of Oxford and Edward Street).At this meeting, we will be looking at the DIS 29500 (Microsoft Office Open XML format). This draft standard is currently being reviewed by the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) IT committee.

The TTBS as a P-status member of ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 will be voting on this standard at the ISO level very soon. See “TTCS invited to Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards IT committee to work on ISO/IEC JTC 1 matters“.

The DIS 29500/Office Open XML format can be found at http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-376.htm but given the length of the specification under review (6000 pages of technical details) and that time is limited, we will be attempting a test ; see http://ttcsweb.pbwiki.com/DIS29500 for details and information on how you can take part. You can also add your comments by editing this page.

Anyone interested in this topic are welcome to attend. A contribution of $20 towards refreshments is expected. See you there!

TTCS invited to Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards IT committee to work on ISO/IEC JTC 1 matters

At the beginning of November 2007, the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) invited the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) to participate in a mirror committee for Information Technology.This committee was established by the TTBS to develop national policy positions on various issues and to contribute towards the work of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (ISO/IEC JTC 1).

The TTBS has recently acquired Participatory Member Status (P-status) in the ISO/IEC JTC 1. This involves mandatory voting on draft international standards and compulsory involvement in working groups and sub-committees.

At the ISO’s ballot to fast-track Microsoft’s Office OpenXML (OOXML) format as an international standard (held in September 2007), the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) cast an “abstain” vote. It is likely that this issue will continue to be discussed by the mirror committee as another vote on OpenXML is scheduled for February 2008.

The TTCS will be posting the various issues before the TTBS committee to our mailing lists, wiki and blog comments. Do consider them and let us know your opinions on these matters.

Many new P-status members who joined ISO/IEC JTC1 before the OpenXML vote are not voting on other ISO standards. We do not want Trinidad and Tobago to be one of them. See ConsortiumInfo.org post : “..Global Standards Work in SC 34 “Grinds to a Halt”

The TTCS will post more details about the TTBS IT committee as they become available.

About ISO/IEC JTC 1

The ISO/IEC JTC 1 mission statement is “to develop, maintain, promote and facilitate IT standards required by global markets meeting business and user requirements concerning

  • the design and development of IT systems and tools
  • the performance and quality of IT products and systems
  • the security of IT systems and information
  • the portability of application programs
  • the interoperability of IT products and systems
  • the unified tools and environments
  • the harmonized IT vocabulary, and
  • the user-friendly and ergonomically-designed user interfaces.”

There are eighteen sub-committees (SC) working under ISO/IEC JTC1, but one subcommittee SC 34, has received a great deal on attention on a recent vote related to the Microsoft OpenXML format.