PWG> PWG Process update

PWG> PWG Process update

PWG> PWG Process update

Rick Seeler rseeler at adobe.com
Sat Feb 22 13:28:19 EST 2003


One question about the new process:
 
How does one know that the specification is at a stable enough state to
begin developing prototypes?  I believe it may be hard to convince any
company to invest in prototype development when there's no guarantee (or
voting process) to keep the standard from changing wildly in the interim.
If that step is "Candidate Standard", then the prototyping should come after
voting to go to "Candidate Standard" and not before.
 
Maybe that was the intent and it's just not stated properly.  If the
statement "A Candidate Standard should not be approved unless it is
supported by prototypes and thought to be ready for implementation." were
moved out of section 4.5 and into section 4.6 (and the word "Candidate" were
removed), I'd withdraw my objection.
 
I saw the process as this:
 
1) Write the Requirements.
2) Vote on the Charter.
3) Write/modify the Specification.  Once it seems solid...
4) Vote on the spec.
5) If the vote fails, go back to step 3.
6) If the vote passes, it's now a "Candidate Standard".
7) Find companies willing to do prototype work.
8) Create/modify prototypes.
9) If problems with spec are found, go to step 3 or create/modify an errata
document and go to step 8.
10) Do interop testing.  If it fails, go back to step 8.
11) if interop passes, vote.
12) if the vote fails, go back to step 3 or create/modify an errata document
and go to step 11.
13) If vote passes - it's now a "Standard".
14) Celebrate!
 
Does this not seem reasonable?
 
(I'm sure there will be no shortage or responses to this question.  ;-)
 
-Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-pwg at pwg.org [mailto:owner-pwg at pwg.org] On Behalf Of Harry Lewis
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 9:42 PM
To: pwg at pwg.org
Subject: PWG> PWG Process update



An update has been posted. Thanks to Dennis for adding some corrections,
observations and pointing out some issues (yellow). We've also added a
diagram like we had in the old process. Hope it is helpful. 
 <ftp://ftp.pwg.org/pub/pwg/general/process/pwg-process20-20030221.doc>
ftp://ftp.pwg.org/pub/pwg/general/process/pwg-process20-20030221.doc 
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Harry Lewis 
IBM Printing Systems 
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