Status Report; Philosophy

Eric W. Sink (
Tue, 22 Nov 94 09:03:41 EST

(BTW, the tarred-up HTML for the Nov 16 version is at

Eric Schieler is again sifting the flood of comments to the WG and trying
to address them in the document. Our plan is to release another version
tomorrow, with comments addressed.

Between tomorrow and the 28th, we may be able to address some more minor
changes. On the 28th, we will submit the ASCII version of the document to
the IETF for the December IETF meeting.


What is "Final" ?

When does this document stop changing? It is apparent to me that the current cycle is exactly that: a CYCLE, with no end. :-) At some point, this stops changing, right? Having no experience with IETF in the past, I am confused about where that point is.

We are submitting the document as an "Internet Draft". The word DRAFT in this usage implies to me that someone thinks it's going to change a lot more. In fact, it appears that making it an Internet Draft means that we are exposing it to the critical review of lots MORE PEOPLE, so we will be flooded with scads of irrelevant comments from people who know nothing of the history which brought us here. This does not sound like a strategy which reaches "Final"-ness.

In the past, we've used a train metaphor, referring to the notion of final-ness as "bringing this train into the station". It seems to me that as we get closer to the station, I'm able to see through the fog well enough to see that our station is closed, and we need to move on to the next one.

Anyone know where the final stop is?

Eric W. Sink, Software Engineer -- 217-355-6000 ext 237
I don't speak for Spyglass.

Who the heck came up with the expression, "sleeping like a baby" ?!?