From: William M. Klein <wmklein@ix...> - 2002-09-13 20:34:41
FYI (for those of you who don't currently follow comp.lang.cobol - or
I just posted the "following" to these groups.
For those of you who might be interested, my "US public review
the final draft of the COBOL Standard can be seen from the INCITS (US
Standards body) web page at:
That page links to
FYI - Despite what I sent in (and what the only other public review
received by the "due date" of Sep 9th said), it is my STRONGEST possible
expectation that this will be an "official" ANSI and ISO Standard
year end (of this year).
(This was sent to both comp.lang.cobol and IBM-MAIN).
For those of you in an IBM environment (mainframe *or* workstation),
current indications are that IBM has no *current* plans to implement
full Standard. They have indicated that they will "consider"
specific features - based on user demand vs implementation resource
requirements vs expected revenue.
Although late public review responses need not be "fully responded to" -
you really DO want to send in a "late comment", you should follow the
I can't (personally) think of any "good reason" to do this, but that is
to every individual "COBOL interested" person.
This information ONLY applies to the ANSI (US) review process. If you
"involved" in COBOL in another country, you will need to contact your
national Standards body to find out what (if anything) they have done
this final "approval step" of the next COBOL Standard.
wmklein <at> ix.netcom.com