PWG> [PDF of] PWG Process Draft

PWG> [PDF of] PWG Process Draft

PWG> [PDF of] PWG Process Draft

McDonald, Ira imcdonald at
Tue Feb 18 13:51:24 EST 2003


Distilled to PDF, for ease of access, and stored to same
directory on the PWG server:

- Ira McDonald
  High North Inc

-----Original Message-----
From: Harry Lewis [mailto:harryl at]
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 11:35 PM
To: pwg-announce at
Cc: pwg at
Subject: PWG> PWG Process Draft

The PWG Process for developing standards is under revision. Quite a bit of
work has gone into this, already, with several SM and PSI calls dedicating
time to this topic as they both felt the need to crisp up the process in
support of their own working group efforts. We have simplified the process
and reduced the overall number of steps. At a very high level the PWG
process now consists of a period during which 

1. Charter and requirements are developed and agreed to (exit via "Formal
Approval of the PWG" 
2. The Standard is developed via a series of "Working Drafts" usually aimed
at a v1.0 of the Standard (unless the Charter is to revise an existing
standard in which case the target might be v1.1 or v2.0, for example) 
3. A "Candidate Standard" which is indication that the standards development
activity has reach a high degree of maturity and an appropriate level for
implementation and interop testing. Some vendors may choose to ship
implementations based on Candidate Standards. 
4. A "Standard" (with an IEEE ISTO "number") which indicates a very stable
version has been shown to be interoperable and has gained industry support.

A draft of the updated PWG process is available at I invite
participation in reviewing an commenting. We may want to add a process
diagram similar to what we have in the existing process... I haven't gotten
to this. 

Once the new process is adopted, we will have to decide what to do about
items currently in last call and some items which have been assigned ISTO
"numbering" w/o having gone through the proper steps (even according to the
existing process). 

All further discussion of this topic will take place at pwg at and NOT
on the ANNOUNCE list! 
Harry Lewis 
Chairman - ISTO Printer Working Group
IBM Printing Systems 

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