DR 08-0015: Making rapid progress

Shawn Villaron shawnv at microsoft.com
Sun Apr 26 23:34:06 CEST 2009

Murata-san, did you mean to reference DR-08-0012?  I believe DR-08-0015 was closed without action ... 

-----Original Message-----
From: MURATA Makoto (FAMILY Given) [mailto:eb2m-mrt at asahi-net.or.jp] 
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 2:20 PM
To: SC 34 WG4
Subject: DR 08-0015: Making rapid progress

Dear colleagues,

I am concerned about the slow progress of DR 08-0015
(General: Differences between ISO/IEC 29500:2008 and ECMA- 376:2006, SpreadsheetML), which was submitted November 2008.  We have made some progress in Prague, but we have not made much progress after that.

If we do not reach consensus on this issue within a month, I do not think we can start the FDAM ballot after our Denmark meeting.

Moreover, this issue will become away more difficult if we have to consider documents conformant to pre-AMD1 29500 as well as those conformant to post-AMD1 29500.

To close this DR very soon, I would like to recommend two things to WG4 members.

  Write detailed proposals rather than suggesting ideas orally.
  In our future teleconferences, I would like compare a few
  fully-described options and choose a reasonable one; I do not
  intend to spend time on unwritten ideas.

  Be a minimalist and make timely decisions.  The original XML
  Working Group always cared the "minimum required to declare
  victory" and made timely decisions.  As for this DR, I believe
  that the best solution 1 year later will be significantly
  worse than the worst solution at hand now.


Your pessimistic convenor
MURATA Makoto (FAMILY Given)

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