10 years on the Web for TC3!
IEC TC3 can this year celebrate the use of the TC3 Web site for 10 years. The web site came into use during 1994 and was first hosted at Chiba University in Japan. After the setting up of the required facilities at IEC Central Office in Geneva it was moved to the location where it presently resides in the end of 1997.
This use of the web was early, taking into account that the first Web browser (Mosaic) had become available in the fall 1993.
The early use of the web by TC3 did to a very high degree depend on Professor Hiroaki Ikeda at the Chiba University in Japan, who could offer facilities for the site at the university, and was personally very much involved in the management of the site. As Secretary I noted with surprise that whenever during the day (or night) I e-mailed updated web pages to him to be placed on the site - I could not access directly at that time -, they were there and active in just a few minutes.
The report from the TC3 plenary meeting in Makuhari, Japan, in 1995-05-25 (see RM 3758) tells, under item 19:
The WWW server at Chiba University holds presently IEC information relevant to IEC/TC3, i.a. about the organization and a graphical database for retrieval of symbols according to IEC 417.
e-mail (over Internet) had been used by enthusiasts from 1990, and 1995 an e-mail exploder was set up, according to the same report:
The Japanese National Committee offers to set up an e-mail exploder for use in the work of TC3 with SCs. The exploder will be in action directly after the meeting.
This was gratefully accepted by the Committee. 11 -12 persons are presently able to access email and the number is expected to increase rapidly.
The CO should be directed to promote e-mail, but we must run the normal procedure in parallel. Give a strong recommendation that members in this committee adopt e-mail.
Decision: The setting up of the e-mail exploder and our recommendation to use e-mail should be mentioned in the Report to the CA.
Because of this decision, the officers and many delegates of TC3 were very early users of e-mail, which has improved communication considerably.
Does anybody remember how we managed to get things done before 1994?