Business Plan and Convener's Report
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14 (The Programming Language C)
Document: ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14 N838
June 1997 - May 1998
Convener, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14
3004 Mission Street #130
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: +1 408 748 2900
Fax: +1 408 457 3916
1. MANAGEMENT SUMMARY
1.1. JTC1/SC22/WG14 STATEMENT OF SCOPE
Development and maintenance of ISO/IEC Standards related
to the programming language C.
1.2. PROJECT REPORT
1.2.1. COMPLETED PROJECTS
None over this period.
1.2.2. PROJECTS UNDERWAY
JTC1.22.20.01 - Programming Language C (Revision of
JTC1/SC22 N2620 was submitted to SC22 for CD ballot
on December 24, 1997, this ballot closed April 07,
1998. The summary of voting and comments can be
found in JTC 1/SC22 N2690.
1.2.3. CANCELLED PROJECTS
None over this period.
1.2.4. COOPERATION and COMPETITION
Where appropriate, WG14 has established active liaisons
with other SC22 working groups. There is no apparent
direct competition with any other current SC22 working
2. PEROID REVIEW
2.1. MARKET REQUIREMENTS
WG14 feels that it is responding to user community pressure
and to implementers concerns to revise the ISO/IEC 9899
standard to keep current with today's programming trends
and market. The Committee believes that evolution of Object
Oriented programming, numerical extensions that were proposed
by J11.1, internationalization, advancements in character set
standardization, cross-language standards and cross-language
bindings all need to be considered in the revised standard.
Most of these issues where not considered during the technical
discussions for the current ISO C Standard. Please, see
document ISO/IEC JCT 1/SC22 N2265 "Charter for the Revision
of the C Standard" for more details.
WG14 produced the N2620 for CD Ballot. WG14 also worked on Defect
Reports, keeping the Defect Report Log current.
WG14 meets three times per year in co-located technical sessions
with the US committee J11. Ten countries participate by attending
these meetings or by being involved in the technical discussions
that take place over the reflector. The countries are: Australia,
Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, UK,
and the USA.
WG14 has been monitoring the cross-language standards activities,
and are using the ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG20 guidelines on extended
characters. WG14 has also keep apprised of the requirements of
the LIA-1,2 standards.
WG14 liaison appointments are:
Group Name Person assigned
WG11 Language Independent Datatypes Keld Simonsen
WG15 Posix Keld Simonsen
WG20 Internationalization Keld Simonsen
WG21 C++ John Benito
3. FOCUS NEXT WORK PERIOD
During the next work period, WG14 will focus on moving the project
through the final CD Ballot. Resolving all Public comments, reaching
the DIS stage of the project.
WG14 anticipates that the Final CD 9899 will be approved, moving
to the next stage in the standards process.
WG14 believes that routine handling will suffice to complete the
No problems are anticipated.
3.5. WORK PROGRAM PRIORITIES
WG14 will concentrate on the revision of 9899, however WG14 will
still respond to Defect Report logged for the current ISO/IEC
4. OTHER ITEMS
4.1. POSSIBLE ACTION REQUESTS AT FORTHCOMING PLENARY
4.2. WG14 SUPPORTS SC22 N2718
WG14 supports the action requested in ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC22 N2718.
4.3. PROJECT EDITORS
The following individuals have been appointed project editors
and backup project editors:
JTC1.22.20.01 Programming Language C (Revision of ISO/IEC 9899:1990)
Larry Jones (Project Editor), Douglas Walls (Backup Project Editor)
4.4. ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT DISTRIBUTION
WG14 has conducted much of its detailed technical discussion using
email reflector provided by the Danish UNIX Users Group and Keld
WG14 also has an ftp and Web site provided by courtesy of the Danish
UNIX Users Group and Keld Simonsen.
WG14 is now providing all the appropriate committee documents on
the Committee Web site, reducing the need for paper mailings.
4.5. RECENT MEETINGS
23-27 Jun 97 London, UK BSI, Plum Hall Europe
20-24 Oct 97 Menlo Park, CA USA ANSI, Sun Microsystems
02-06 Feb 98 Frisco, CO USA ANSI Keaton Consulting
4.6. FUTURE MEETINGS
23-27 Jun 98 Copenhagen, Denmark Danish Standards
05-09 Oct 98 Santa Cruz, CA USA ANSI, SGI/Cray
01-05 Feb 99 Portland, OR USA ANSI, Intel Corp.