[Standards] Stable is the new Draft

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at mozilla.com
Thu Sep 9 18:20:16 UTC 2021

On 9/8/21 6:19 AM, Dave Cridland wrote:
> On Tue, 7 Sept 2021 at 16:44, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at mozilla.com
> <mailto:stpeter at mozilla.com>> wrote:
>     On 8/31/21 9:41 AM, Jonas Schäfer wrote:
>     > The term "Draft" for our non-Final but also non-Experimental
>     standards has
>     > been adopted from our "mother" organization, the Internet
>     Engineering Task
>     > Force. The IETF has since abandoned that term.
>     In fact, the IETF moved from a three-stage track to a two-stage track:
> As many of us noted in the discussion leading up to that, the IETF moved
> from a three-stage to a four-stage by increasingly formalizing the
> Internet-Draft stage and raising the bar for Proposed Standard, and then
> RFC 6410 executed a "Left Shift" to remove the (now largely redundant)
> Draft stage.
> The IETF still has a three stage track, it's just that the first stage
> is Internet-Drafts, which amounts to our Experimental.
> A lot of this shift, looking back on it, was driven by the lack of
> in-situ updates to documents once they'd hit RFC status, which doesn't
> affect us.

That's all true.

> It's also why I have resisted adding pre-XEP stages...

And let's keep resisting. :-)


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