(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.5748) Units of measure

Van Snyder van.snyder
Mon Jul 4 15:03:04 EDT 2016

On Mon, 2016-07-04 at 14:46 +0000, Bill Long wrote:
> The ?delay in gathering new features? , by which I assume you mean
> ?other than the two TS projects?, fits in with the actual topic of
> Tom?s post on ?slowing the pace?.

Tom also pointed out that we ought to keep to the ISO five-year
schedule.  We can't do that if we twiddle our thumbs for three years
before gathering requirements.  I hope next time we'll gather
requirements in the organized way we did in 2004, with a public
invitation on comp.lang.fortran and comp-fortran-90, rather than
springing the request in secret during a meeting (from which I was
absent), and then considering requests only in subgroups.  In 2004, all
requests were debated and voted in plenary.  That one subgroup is more
of an expert on the impact on the standard of a particular feature is
not an excuse for others not to be allowed to consider the impact on
users (who are under-represented in J3).

A TS is expected to have an independent development schedule, so whining
that having two TS projects under development prevented an orderly and
timely gathering of requirements from the public is a bit misplaced.
The way our two recent TS projects were developed was essentially the
same as ordinary standard-revision projects.

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