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I've just been informed that today the IESG met and approved the
creation of an IETF Atom Working Group; the announcement should appear
on ietf-announce@xxxxxxxx in the next few days. I'm told they looked
at the commentary on standards orgs in this mailing list, and
considered the fact that (according to Paul) from the beginning of the
mailing list to May 1 of this year (about 10 months), about 80
different people had posted 5 or more messages, and about 35 different
people had posted 20 or more messages.
So *they* think that we have rough consensus to work in the IETF space.
Personally, I agree. I can only speak for myself but I think much of
the community would agree that we're flattered at the W3C expression of
interest and that this one could have gone either way without much
Unless something happens to convince us that we've misread the
community's feelings, I'm going to turn my Atom energies from this to
getting us organized; it's painfully apparent that we need issue
numbers and draft revisions and so on and so on.
Cheers, Tim Bray http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/