Dear Rebecca

Thank you for the Resolutions document of Tuesday, 29 February 2000,
circulated to the ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee via
<[log in to unmask]>.

You wrote:

> Attached to this message is a file containing the resolutions from
> our ISO 639 JAC meeting on 17-18 Feb. 2000...
> Thank you all for your hard work. It is clear from this document how
> much we accomplished!

Agreed heartily!

I would however like to draw your attention to formatting problems
with the document as currently issued. These problems relate to
(a) highlighting of text and (b) paragraph numbering.

(a) highlighting of text

When text has been highlighted, A...@ is often used (presumably the
result of transfer from WordPerfect to Word format). Please could you
reissue the document with these removed, as it makes for confusing
reading, particularly when 2-letter codes or 3-letter codes are

(b) paragraph numbering.

Is it possible to send a version of this with the clauses and
subclauses listed (for instance)
as 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2, 1.2.1, etc., rather than as embedded
numbered headings? It is difficult to refer to the document as it
stands, as even on the first page I could see two apparent sections

The first apparent 1.2 relates to 3.3 Role of observers (and I'm not
sure where the 3.3 comes in) and the second 1.2 relates to Procedures
for conducting business by electronic mail.

Please could these be renumbered as

1.1.2 3.3 Role of observers
1.2 Procedures for conducting business by electronic mail
to avoid confusion?

> I do plan to edit documents N2 and N3 as well as all the work we
> agreed upon on the Web site. I just haven't yet had time.

In passing, and I hope I avoid stating the obvious,

N2  Rules of procedure for conducting business (Draft) 2000-01-13
N3  Working principles for ISO 639 maintenance (Draft) 2000-01-13

if reedited should be issued as N2R and N3R.

Best regards

John Clews

John Clews, SESAME Computer Projects, 8 Avenue Rd, Harrogate, HG2 7PG
tel: +44 1423 888 432; fax: + 44 1423 889061;
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Committee Chair of  ISO/TC46/SC2: Conversion of Written Languages;
Committee Member of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC22/WG20: Internationalization;
Committee Member of CEN/TC304: Information and Communications
 Technologies: European Localization Requirements
Committee Member of TS/1: Terminology (UK national member body of
 ISO/TC37: Terminology)
Committee Member of the Foundation for Endangered Languages;
Committee Member of ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC2: Coded Character Sets