2476 Swedesford Road
Mr. Pak Dong Ki
Committee for Standardization of the D P R of Korea
Songyoguyok Songyo 2 Dong
Pyongyang, D P R of Korea
Dear Mr. Pak Dong Ki
Thank you for your letter from June 30, 2001. I am sorry for not answering it any earlier, but I was on a business trip and did not have access to my mail.
With great pleasure, I read that the DPR of Korea is interested in making use of ISO/IEC 14651, International string ordering and comparison. As we discussed at the SC2/WG2 meeting in April, ISO/IEC 14651 permits “tailoring” of the template table, so that your data sorts in the order you want.
I was even more pleased by the news that the DPR of Korea plans to participate in the work of SC22/WG20.
Enclosed please find the final text of the ISO 14651 standard (without the fancy cover page from ITTF) and the template table (in 6 point print and on a diskette).
SC22/WG20 is a standards body; it does not develop applications, so it cannot provide any specific implementations advice. What we can do and will do, is to help you create a “tailoring” of the ISO/IEC 14651 common template table to meet your requirements for the sorting of Korean..
I have forwarded your request to the ordering experts in our committee, Alain LaBonté and Ken Whistler. They will contact you to request the information needed for tailoring of the template table to meet the needs of the D P R of Korea.
The Unicode Collation Algorithm is functionally equivalent to ISO/IEC 14651 The Unicode Consortium’s Web site includes a list of Unicode enabled products (http://www.unicode.org/unicode/onlinedat/products.html ).
A number of the internationalization libraries shown there include applications for collation, especially the ICU, International Components for Unicode (http://oss.software.ibm.com/icu/).
SC22/WG20 and SC22 plenary meetings
SC22/WG20 welcomes your plan to participate in its standardization activities. The next meeting is hosted by Unisys in Malvern, Pennsylvania – my office. I have enclosed the preliminary agenda, meeting logistics, hotel information, and maps of the immediate area. I would be very glad if you could come and participate in our work.
This year’s SC22 plenary is in Kona, Hawaii, on September 17-21, 2001. A printed copy of the SC22 program of work is also enclosed with this letter.
In order to participate in SC22/WG20 work, you need to inform JTC1 secretariat and SC22 secretariat that you (DPRK) want to be O-members (observer members) of these standard organizations. The participation as O-members is free, but registration is required.
You can send your request for O-membership to:
Lisa Rajchel (for JTC1) and Matthew Deane (for SC22)
Tel: +1 212 642-4932
Tel: +1 212 642-4992
I hope to see you here in Malvern in October !
Arnold F. Winkler