I've just been reading a new I-D
"Repurposing the STD Designation"
and the closely related I-D
"Proposals for a New IETF Standards Track"
What's interesting is their convergence toward
a proposal very similar to PWG Process/2.0.
The first-level IETF Proposed Standard (originally
specified in RFC 2026) has suffered feature creep
from the IESG, such that (except for not requiring
two interoperable implementations), it's as hard
as the second-level IETF Draft Standard.
Many new protocols are now implemented in products
based on late versions of Internet-Drafts (remember
IPP???) after working group 'last call'. Most new
protocols _never_ advance beyond IETF Proposed Std.
A proposal is described in the second I-D above
to collapse to the Internet standards track to
two levels (from former three):
- Proposed Standard - very high quality, and
prototyping strongly encouraged - as hard as
Proposed Standard now is under IESG rules
- essentially PWG Candidate Standard
- Internet Standard - two interoperable
implementations, considerable experience
- essentially PWG Standard
and invented a new lower level
- Stable Snapshot - a late I-D that has
working group concensus or IESG 'light
review' as stable for prototyping
- essentially PWG document status level Stable
for a working group draft
Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
PO Box 221 Grand Marais, MI 49839
email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com