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The Ada Rapporteur Group (ARG) is the technical committee in charge of
proposing amendments to the language to WG9, the ISO working group on Ada.
The ARG has begun work on the next revision of Ada, planned for 2005. As
part of this revision, there has been a lot of interest in the Ada community
for the standardization of reusable components and APIs to existing
services.

While the ARG will conduct (based on input from the Ada community) the
revision of the core language and annexes, it doesn’t have the resources to
develop proposals itself for the standardization of reusable components or
APIs. Standardization of components or APIs often will best be accomplished
with secondary standards rather than part of the core language standard. The
ARG will oversee the development of such secondary standards, but this is
best accomplished by cooperating with external groups developing the
substance of such standards.

Therefore, the ARG would like to ask the Ada community to submit proposals
for
the standardization of APIs. Proposals must include (at least) a set of Ada
specifications, and a semi-formal description of the semantics of each
declaration, such as can be found in the annexes of the Reference Manual.
Developing such proposals usually will require the formation of formal or
informal working groups.

The ARG will evaluate these proposals using a variety of criteria. For a
more detailed version of this announcement, including a (partial) list of
evaluation criteria, please see http://www.adaic.org/news/call4apis.html.

         Randall Brukardt
         Editor, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC22 WG9 ARG

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