G3  New Work Item Proposal

February 2004


Date of presentation of proposal:

Proposer: John Reid, Convener SC22/WG5

Secretariat: Sally Seitz, ANSI
National Body

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 22 N 4146

A proposal for a new work item
shall be submitted to the secretariat of the ISO/IEC joint technical committee concerned with a copy to the ISO Central Secretariat.

Presentation of the proposal - to be completed by the proposer.

Title (subject to be covered and type of standard, e.g. terminology, method of test, performance requirements, etc.)  Further interoperability with C, TR type 2

Scope (and field of application) An addition to the Fortran Standard

Purpose and justification -  C interoperability in the Fortran Standard provides a mechanism to share data between  Fortran and C.  However, it is still necessary for users to implement a translation layer for procedures that have data pointer, allocatable, assumed-shape array, or optional dummy arguments. This work item will provide additional mechanisms that allow C functions to directly handle such Fortran dummy arguments.

Programme of work

If the proposed new work item is approved, which of the following document(s) is (are) expected to be developed?
____ a single International Standard
___   more than one International Standard (expected number: ........  )
____ a multi-part International Standard consisting of ..........  parts
____ an amendment or amendments to the following International Standard(s) ....................................
__x_ a technical report , type 2

And which standard development track is recommended for the approved new work item?

_x__a. Default Timeframe
____b. Accelerated Timeframe
____c. Extended Timeframe

Relevant documents to be considered  ISO/IEC 1539-1:2004(E)

Co-operation and liaison

Preparatory work offered with target date(s) This has been considered by INCITS/J3, see


Will the service of a maintenance agency or registration authority be required? .........No.............
- If yes, have you identified a potential candidate? ................
- If yes, indicate name .............................................................

Are there any known requirements for coding? ......No...............
-If yes, please specify on a separate page

Does the proposed standard concern known patented items? ........No...........
- If yes, please provide full information in an annex

Comments and recommendations of the JTC 1 or SC XXSecretariat - attach a separate page as an annex, if necessary

Comments with respect to the proposal in general, and recommendations thereon:
It is proposed to assign this new item to JTC 1/SC 22

Voting on the proposal - Each P-member of the ISO/IEC joint technical committee has an obligation to vote within the time limits laid down (normally three months after the date of circulation).

Date of circulation:

Closing date for voting:

Signature of Secretary:








A. Business Requirement   



A.1 Market Requirement

Essential ___
Desirable _x_
Supportive ___

There are ways to support this requirement, but they are not portable since they use vendor-specific information.

B.  Related Work



B.1 Completion/Maintenance of current standards

Yes _x_


It is proposed to revise the Fortran Standard, but this requirement is not sufficiently developed for inclusion.

B.2 Commitment to other organisation

Yes ___



B.3 Other Source of standards

Yes ___



C.  Technical Status



C.1 Mature Technology

Yes ___


INCITS/J3 is considering how best to meet this requirement

C.2 Prospective Technology

Yes ___



C.3 Models/Tools

Yes ___



D.  Conformity Assessment and Interoperability



D.1 Conformity Assessment

Yes _x_


This will conform as an extension to the Fortran Standard

D.2 Interoperability

Yes _x__


This is specifically for interoperability with C.

E. Adaptability to Culture, Language, Human Functioning and Context of use



Not relevant.

E.1 Cultural and Linguistic Capability

Yes ___



E.2 Adaptability to Human Functioning and Context of Use

Yes __



F.  Other Justification



Notes to Proforma

  Business Relevance.
  That which identifies market place relevance in terms of what problem is being solved and or need being addressed.

A.1 Market Requirement.  When submitting a NP, the proposer shall identify the nature of the Market Requirement, assessing the extent to which it is essential, desirable or merely supportive of some other project.

A.2 Technical Regulation.  If a Regulatory requirement is deemed to exist -  e.g. for an area of public concern  e.g. Information Security, Data protection, potentially leading to regulatory/public interest action based on the use of this voluntary international standard - the proposer shall identify this here.

B.  Related Work.  Aspects of the relationship of this NP to other areas of standardisation work shall be identified in this section.

B.1 Competition/Maintenance.  If this NP is concerned with completing or maintaining existing standards, those concerned shall be identified here.

B.2 External Commitment.  Groups, bodies, or for a external to JTC 1 to which a commitment has been made by JTC for Co-operation and or collaboration on this NP shall be identified here.

B.3 External Std/Specification.  If other activities creating standards or specifications in this topic area are known to exist or be planned, and which might be available to JTC 1 as PAS, they shall be identified here.

C.  Technical Status.  The proposer shall indicate here an assessment of the extent to which the proposed standard is supported by current technology.

C.1 Mature Technology.  Indicate here the extent to which the technology is reasonably stable and ripe for standardisation.

C.2 Prospective Technology.  If the NP is anticipatory in nature based on expected or forecasted need, this shall be indicated here.

C.3 Models/Tools.  If the NP relates to the creation of supportive reference models or tools, this shall be indicated here.

D.  Conformity Assessment and Interoperability   Any other aspects of background information justifying this NP shall be indicated here.

D.1 Indicate here if Conformity Assessment is relevant to your project.  If so, indicate how it is addressed in your project plan.

D.2 Indicate here if Interoperability is relevant to your project.  If so, indicate how it is addressed in your project plan

E. Adaptability to Culture, Language, Human Functioning and Context of Use
NOTE: The following criteria do not mandate any feature for adaptability to culture, language, human functioning or context of use. The following criteria require that if any features are provided for adapting to culture, language, human functioning or context of use by the new Work Item proposal, then the proposer is required to identify these features.

E.1 Cultural and Linguistic Adaptability. Indicate here if cultural and natural language adaptability is applicable to your project. If so, indicate how it is addressed in your project plan.

ISO/IEC TR 19764 (Guidelines, methodology, and reference criteria for cultural and linguistic adaptability in information technology products) now defines it in a simplified way: ability for a product, while keeping its portability and interoperability properties, to:
- be internationalized, that is, be adapted to the special characteristics of natural languages and the commonly accepted rules for their se, or of cultures in a given geographical region;
- take into account the usual needs of any category of users, with the exception of specific needs related to physical constraints
Examples of characteristics of natural languages are: national characters and associated elements (such as hyphens, dashes, and punctuation marks), writing systems, correct transformation of characters, dates and measures, sorting and searching rules, coding of national entities (such as country and currency codes), presentation of telephone numbers and keyboard layouts. Related terms are localization, jurisdiction and multilingualism.

E.2 Adaptability to Human Functioning and Context of Use. Indicate here whether the proposed standard takes into account diverse human functioning and diverse contexts of use. If so, indicate how it is addressed in your project plan.
1. Human functioning is defined by the World Health Organization at as: << In ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health), the term functioning refers to all body functions, activities and participation. >>
2. Content of use is defined in ISO 9241-11:1998 (Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs) Part 11: Guidance on usability) as: << Users, tasks, equipment (hardware, software and materials), and the physical and societal environments in which a product is used.>>
3. Guidance for Standard Developers to address the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities).

F. Other Justification   Any other aspects of background information justifying this NP shall be indicated here.