Business Plan and Convener's Report
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14 (The Programming Language C)
Document: ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14 N887
June 1998 - June 1999
Convener, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG14
3004 Mission Street #130
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: +1 831 457 3915
Fax: +1 831 457 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 ISO/IEC 9899:1990)
JTC1/SC22 N2794 was submitted to SC22 for FCD ballot, the ballot period
started on September 24, 1998, closing on January 12, 1999. The
summary of voting can be found in document JTC 1/SC22 N2872 and
resolutions for the comments can be found in document JTC 1/SC22 WG14 N873.
A document has been forwarded to JTC 1 for FDIS ballot.
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 group.
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 ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC22.N2794 for FCD Ballot. WG14
resolved all comments that the FCD ballot generated, see document
number ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC22 N2872 and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC22 WG14 N873.
A document was generated and forwarded to JTC 1 for FDIS. 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
WG14 will focus on new work items after the FDIS ballot closes. The
Committee discussed several possible new work items, but has not
reached consensus on any item. Items identified:
1. Architecture Support Extensions: DSP-C, etc
3. Sequence Points
WG14 anticipates that the FDIS 9899 will be approved, giving the
C community a new Standard.
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
9899:1990 Standard, and any defect reports filed for the FDIS.
4. OTHER ITEMS
4.1. POSSIBLE ACTION REQUESTS AT FORTHCOMING PLENARY
The Convener, J. Benito, first three-year term will be complete
in September. Pending any approval needed by the US National
Body, a second term will be requested at the SC22 Plenary in Berlin.
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 1997 London, UK BSI, Plum Hall Europe
20-24 Oct 1997 Menlo Park, CA USA ANSI, Sun Microsystems
02-06 Feb 1998 Frisco, CO USA ANSI, Keaton Consulting
23-27 Jun 1998 Copenhagen, Denmark Danish Standards
05-09 Oct 1998 Santa Cruz, CA USA ANSI, SGI/Cray
01-05 Feb 1999 Portland, OR USA ANSI, Intel Corp.
21-24 Jun 1999 London, UK BSI
4.6. FUTURE MEETINGS
18-23 Oct 1999 Kona, HI USA ANSI, Plum Hall
nn-nn Apr 2000 Tokyo, Japan ITSCJ, NEC