IPP Mail Archive: IPP> Major defect in IPPv2 SOW - prototype AFTER approval

IPP> Major defect in IPPv2 SOW - prototype AFTER approval

From: Ira McDonald (blueroofmusic@gmail.com)
Date: Mon Apr 07 2008 - 16:44:57 EDT

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    Topic for PWG F2F next week during IPP WG session.

    I was just reading the SOW for the IPPv2 project.

    This SOW contains a serious violation of the PWG Process/2.0.

    In the Definition Stage:

    ATTRIB-2 Stable draft document Q3 2008.
    ATTRIB-3 Document ready for PWG approval Q4 2008.

    In the Implementation Stage:

    PROT-1 Prototype implementations. Q2 2009

    But a PWG working draft MUST NOT be labeled 'Stable'
    until AFTER successful prototyping.

    Further, a PWG working draft MUST NOT enter PWG Last Call
    and subsequent PWG Formal Approval until AFTER successful

    This needs to be fixed. The one PWG standard ever approved
    without prototyping (the Abstract Counter Spec) proved to have
    a serious technical error - the PWG Steering Committee should
    never go down this road again.

    A less important error is that I originally volunteered to be an
    editor (when Bill Wagner and I proposed this project) and I'm
    not listed in this February SOW.

    Lastly, the prefix ATTRIB means Attribute - but we're only
    standardizing IPP operations (and perhaps a few important
    attributes). A more appropriate prefix would be OPER.

    Also, we may want to produce THREE separate specs,
    because otherwise we're going to have to show evidence
    of prototyping of all three levels:
    IPP/2.0 - Basic Workgroup Printer
    IPP/2.1 - Enterprise Printer/Print Server
    IPP/2.2 - Production Printer

    And that last could hold up voting for a very long time.

    - Ira

    Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
    Chair - Linux Foundation Open Printing WG
    Blue Roof Music/High North Inc
    email: blueroofmusic@gmail.com
     579 Park Place Saline, MI 48176
     PO Box 221 Grand Marais, MI 49839

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