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Re: Committee membership
Just a couple of minor corrections:
"The membership in X3J13 will be self-selecting: X3 [not ANSI]
committees are open to anyone who pays the dues ($150/year) and
who participates actively in the committee's work. These
organizations move very slowly: X3J13 cannot begin operating
until next fall at the earliest. Once the X3J13 committee is
function [functional or functioning], the technical and steering
committees will report to X3J13. In the meantime, we expect to
make considerable progress toward producing an acceptable
"X3 [again not ANSI] committees are permitted to have members
from other countries."
Also it is Robert F. Mathis and Stephen L. Squires. Steele, Jr.
I talked to Steve just now on the phone. He also agrees with the
message. The only remaining doubt seems to be about Griss and
Bawden -- I am willing to go either way.
Scott, will you go ahead and send it out please.
Supplemental note about the functioning of X3 committees. Scott
and Guy have it pretty well understood. The purpose is to
achieve a concensus in favor of the standard. A committee like
X3J13 could send up a proposal for which there was not unanimous
agreement. X3 could accept it or send it back, they would not
make changes to the technical content. Another thing to remember
is your leadership position in the Common Lisp community. People
working on this standard will in general want it to happen, they
will want to reach agreement with you. Companies that might have
opposed a Common Lisp standard will have to be won over in the
same way you have won over other converts, like Xerox. I think
the way the relationship between the X3J13 committee and our
steering and technical committeess is explained in the current
message is good. Trying to explain too much detail would only
further confuse it. We may get some further questions (about 10
people asked for copies of the SPARC proposal), then we can
address their concerns.