I'd just like to (re)assure members of the LaTeX list that the members
of the e-TeX/NTS group are also observers of this list, and we are
noting the comments about the needed for (e.g.) extended hyphenation
with interest.  I cannot promise enhanced hyphenation for e-TeX V2, since
we have already more-or-less agreed what will go in that, but e-TeX V3
may well have such features and work is scheduled to start on NTS at the
beginning of the new year.

Philip Taylor, Technical Director, e-TeX/NTS Projects.