[croquet] ANSI Smalltalk

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[croquet] ANSI Smalltalk

Bruce Badger
Fellow Smalltalkers,

(this is a one-off to every Smalltalk list I can think of.  Sorry for
the Spam-esqe nature of this)

Work is under way to get the Smalltalk ANSI standardization process
restarted.  This is intended to be an on-going process which delivers
a new version of the standard every 18 months to 2 years.

The participation of all Smalltalkers is invited.  The ANSI standard
should be driven by the people who use Smalltalk as well as people who
develop Smalltalk environments.  Work on the standard will all happen
through a mailing list:


The list archive is open and anyone may join the list.  The only up
front requirement being that you give your full name when signing up
so everyone knows who is who.

While anyone can get involved in discussion and informal votes, only
people who are registered with the ANSI project may formally vote.
Registration in this context means joining INCITS (the organization
which coordinates IT ANSI standards work), and that costs $1,200 USD.

Already we have the Smalltalk vendor companies getting involved.  We
also need people representing the user community.  If you work in a
company that uses Smalltalk please raise this ANSI work at your next
team meeting and see if you can have someone (or more than one) from
your project join the ANSI Smalltalk mailing list.  Perhaps your
company could fund the $1,200 to have someone be a voting member of
the committee too.

If you wish to discuss the ANSI project please either join the mailing
list or post a message to comp.lang.smalltalk.  The news group is the
cross-dialect discussion forum for Smalltalk and the ANSI standard is
most certainly cross-dialect.

Best regards,
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