[Standards] Namespaces, specifications, and protocol life cycles

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Wed Sep 10 01:51:26 UTC 2008

Pavel Simerda wrote:

> This would also affect the best practice in protocol changes and
> versioning. I personally believe this would provide more help than harm.
> For version 0, incompatible changes would by allright, for higher
> versions it would be sensible to add new features as optional (we
> still have discovery) and possibly, in the future, they would be
> marked REQUIRED all at once with a major protocol change.
> I believe the incompatible changes for higher versions would be rare.

That's what we strive for. Certainly once something is Final, and 
usually when something is Draft. But I don't see exactly how the 
namespace versioning helps us here -- what we need is more discipline 
about standardization, not fancy namespacing. If the latter helps us be 
more disciplined, that's great. If not, it's just confusing. IMHO.

But I'm willing to be convinced otherwise. :)


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