> could someone email me a brief update on what the x3j3 committee is doing.
The X3J3 committee met in May and meets again next week (if I remember correctly). The committee has gotten some 600 comments, 400 before the deadline.
A privately circulated summary of the last meeting is somewhat omnious. After reading it, my opinion is that the proposed standard is DOA; they'll probably have to chuck it out and start again. I personally favor them adopting the F77 standard as a base and adding bits, pointers, and includes.
As I said in my comments to the committee, nice language, too bad it's not Fortran.