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Call for final Paces for consideration: deadline imminent
Greetings again. And, thanks again for all the work people did on the
last work queue rotation. We now have the end of the format draft
squarely in sight.
The WG still has a bunch of finished Paces that have not been
formally considered, a (thankfully) much smaller number of unfinished
Paces, and a couple of promises that "I'll write that up as a Pace
soon". We need to finish soon in order to make our milestone, and I
believe we can do so gracefully.
On Monday, Feb. 7, the Working Group's final queue rotation will
consist of all Paces open at that time. Any Paces that have obvious
holes in them ("to be filled in later", "more needs to go here",
etc.) will be ignored. We have had over a year of time here, and many
weeks since the previous attempt to close things out. On Monday, Feb.
14, we will assess WG consensus and ask the document authors to put
together a final draft.
Note that this is not the last opportunity for work on the Atom
format. For one thing, there are plenty of non-core extensions that
folks have been mulling over; having the core draft finally finished
will help those to emerge. Further, we need to do the final work on
the protocol document. Also, during the formal IETF Last Call,
discussion of the format draft will be welcome from everyone
(including people who have not read any of the earlier drafts).
Please do *not* rush out to write a Pace unless it is for something
that is *truly* part of the Atom core, and you really believe that it
is likely that there will be consensus within a week. If your idea is
appropriate as an extension, or is for something that is quite
similar to something else that has explicitly gotten lack of
consensus, please do not write a Pace. In the former case, please
hold your extensions for a few weeks; in the latter case, please
recognize that asking the WG to focus on something that they don't
want will likely cause us to do a worse job at carefully reviewing
things that we all want.
So, if you have an incomplete Pace now, you have a few more days to
complete it. Of course, everyone should feel free to continue talking
about the current Paces now, and to continue to suggest editorial
changes to the current Internet Draft.
--Paul Hoffman, Director
--Internet Mail Consortium