Well, here I am.
The reason, of course, is to attend the DIS29500 (OOXML) BRM. If you want to know more, there’s the meeting convenor’s blog and an organizers’ FAQ. Oh, you want flavor. For pro-OOXML words, visit Brian Jones and Rick Jelliffe. On the Anti side, Rob Weir provides comprehensive one-stop shopping.
And that’s all I’m going to say about the subject under debate until, well, somewhat later.
Travel · The trans-Atlantic slog from Vancouver is unpleasant, but then the transfer gates at Frankfurt were like a hundred feet apart, and the hop to Geneva is nothing. At the airport there’s a machine that’ll print you a public-transit ticket good for anywhere in the city. I looked at the sun outside and thought “screw taxis” and was downtown in minutes. I thought the train station would be pretty near the hotel, so I bought a map and sallied forth, was baffled in half a block.
I summoned up my courage, shook some rust off the internal French-language gears, and approached a policeman. He was friendly and helpful; even walked me a couple of blocks in the right direction. And the French worked better than I’d hoped. Over in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, the German sounds funny. But the French here sounds ordinary to me.
The Venue · I thought I’d do a trial walk from my hotel to the meeting location. Are there ever a lot of glass-faced buildings around here.
Anyhow, when I got back to the hotel I realized I’d snapped the building on the wrong side of the street from where the meeting is, but hey, it’s the ITU world headquarters. In the neighborhood, more ways than one.
For my sanity’s sake I’ll try to find something else to write about this week.