The first day of Autumn this year is Thursday, September 22nd, and my schedule for this upcoming season is filled with several standards-related activities…
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2 #65 Meeting—San José, CA, USA
The next WG2 (Working Group 2) meeting, which oversees the development of the ISO/IEC 10646 international character set standard, takes place during the last week of September, from 2016-09-26 through 2016-09-30. In addition to attending this meeting, I am also the Adobe host, because it will take place at Adobe’s headquarters in downtown San José. This means that I need to take care of much of the logistics, both before and during the meeting.
The WG2 Document Register is a good way to see what documents are likely to be discussed. For me, one of the more interesting discussion topics will be Japan’s latest hentaigana (変体仮名) proposal, which is now very mature and ready for standardization.
As a way to continue being busy, the very next day, meaning on 2016-10-01, I plan to drive to South Dakota to hunt pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) in the NE corner of Wyoming. Wish me luck!
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2/IRG #47 Meeting—Matsuyama, Japan
My next meeting commitment takes me to the island of Shikoku (四国) in Japan, because that is where the next IRG (Ideographic Rapporteur Group) meeting will take place, in the city of Matsuyama (松山市), from 2016-10-18 through 2016-10-21. I may be the sole US/Unicode delegate at this meeting. The IRG #47 Document Register shows the documents that are likely to be discussed during this four-day working meeting. Continued progress on CJK Working Set 2015, which is expected to eventually become CJK Unified Ideographs Extension G, is likely to be the primary topic of this meeting.
As an aside, this will be my first opportunity to visit an island of Japan other than Honshu (本州), so I am very much looking forward to this trip.
IUC40—Santa Clara, CA, USA
I am once again presenting at this year’s Internationalization & Unicode Conference, which happens to be the 40th one, which takes place from 2016-11-01 through 2016-11-03 in Santa Clara. The title of my presentation is Developing a Pan-CJK IVD Collection, and will chronicle the next steps for my PanCJK IVD collection proposal that was discussed during UTC #147 in May. Below is the title slide:
As usual, much of the value of the conference is not in the presentations per se, but the opportunity for face-to-face discussions with others who are involved in Unicode and internationalization.
UTC #149 Meeting—San José, CA, USA
The next UTC (Unicode Technical Committee) meeting will be hosted by IBM in San José from 2016-11-07 through 2016-11-10, and I will be attending as Adobe’s representative. Many of the outcomes of the WG2 meeting are likely to be discussed during this meeting in order to continue to keep these important standards in sync.
IMUG International Potluck & Holiday Bash—San José, CA, USA
In addition to hosting IMUG (The International Multilingual User Group) throughout the year for almost half of their monthly meetings, Adobe is once again hosting their International Potluck & Holiday Bash, which takes place on the evening of 2016-12-08, and which is an informal gathering of like-minded professionals who also enjoy eating and drinking as a way to celebrate the upcoming holidays. If you’re in the area, it is worth attending.
Adobe is also hosting IMUG meetings in September and November, which readers of this blog are encouraged to attend. The November meeting that will feature a presentation by Dr. Tom Mullaney of Stanford University will be especially interesting: The China i18n Challenge: Western #Fails in Type, Typewriters, & Computers.
In closing, I will have a busy Autumn, but I am very much looking forward to it.