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> > It used to be a rule that ISO was not allowed to start new
> work, it was only
> > allowed to ratify work submitted by one of its member bodies.
> How long ago was this? Perhaps I'm showing my naivete by
> conflating ISO
> and ITU. (I'm certainly not alone in that; most folks think of X.xxx
> standards as ISO things, viz the ISO seven-layer reference model.)
I'm not an expert, but I seem to recall that when ISO started doing SQL work
in the 1980s there were objections raised. I believe a lot of the things we
know as ISO standards were actually developed in ECMA.