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This is on behalf of Paul and myself as co-chairs.
Greetings again. The end is in sight. As Robert posted earlier, the -06
draft is now out, but not yet posted to this list by the IETF. However
we expect that to happen today (it's already in the Internet Draft
As he also pointed out, there was some divergence between the editor's
interpretation of the last round of debate the chairs' view of what was
WG consensus. This happens in any standards body; at least in the IETF,
it also gets fixed.
[Tim's take: I really do think that Rob and Mark mis-read the WG.
Having said that, and having done a careful read on the draft, I don't
think the difference is of any real significance. If I'd built
software to process -05, adapting it for -06 would be like ten minutes'
work; and I can't imagine any features that could be built for one
rather than for the other. On the other hand, if a substantial number
of WG members say "No, put it back" (as Graham already has) and almost
nobody says "Yes, ship it", then we'll put it back.]
So, after you have read the text in the current draft, we want to hear
from the WG as to whether or not the draft has rough consensus support
and, if not, how to fix it. One week should be sufficient to determine
Simultaneously with this, we want to hear any editorial changes for in
the draft. That should also come within a week. When suggesting
editorial changes, it's helpful to say so, maybe even in the Subject
Please note that we are not asking for any design changes at this
point. If there is something that is technically broken, bring it up;
if there is something that works but you would prefer something
different, don't bring it up. If you're not sure which side your
thought falls on, send a note to Paul and I and we'll help.
The plan is that, in about a week, Robert and Mark will rev the
document with any changes from the above and turn in -07. At that
point, we'll ask Scott Hollenbeck to consider this for IETF-wide last
call. He will then read the -07 draft. If it seems OK to him, he'll do
the paperwork with the IETF; if not, he'll come back to us with his
Forward motion happens!