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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-09-20 18:25:00

Tom Plum (Convenor of WG21, the ISO C++ Standards Committee) reports that
the SC22 Plenary this morning adopted this resolution:

>Resolution 01-08: New Work Item for Approval Ballot
>ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC22 instructs its secretariat to circulate the proposed
>Work Item contained in document SC 22 N3277, Technical Report of Type 2
>C++ Library Extensions (based on ISO/IEC 14882), to SC22 National Bodies
>for a three-month Approval Letter Ballot.

What that means in ordinary English is that the ISO gears are grinding
toward giving the C++ Standards Committee official permission to begin work
on a "C++ Library Extensions" non-normative Technical Report (TR).

The Boost libraries we want to see in the next C++ standard will be first
proposed for inclusion in the TR, as a prelude to full standardization.

These plodding legalistic steps may seem to have little relevance to an
Internet-based project like Boost, but the careful consideration at each
step of the way is why ISO standards have such broad reach and long-term


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