Babel gets back on track and it is again actively maintained. The
goals are mainly to fix bugs, to make it compatible with XeTeX and
LuaTeX (as far as possible), and perhaps to add some minor new
features (provided they are backward compatible).
No attempt will be done to take full advantage of the features
provided by XeTeX and LuaTeX, which would require a completely
new core (as for example polyglossia or as part of LaTeX3).
Your comments or suggestions (or questions!) are welcomed.