Re: [dispatch] Zstandard compression

Martin Thomson <> Thu, 02 November 2017 23:50 UTC

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Subject: Re: [dispatch] Zstandard compression
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On Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 10:22 AM, Mark Nottingham <> wrote:
> So AIUI it really depends on how much review / input you want on the document; having a full WG, going AD sponsored (if you can find one), or just Informational with IESG review are all options. All in the same document and split documents are also options.

This seems right.  If you want to hand over change control, maybe
change some things and tune up the format some (i.e., do some real
work), then you are probably looking at a working group.  On the other
hand, with Brotli, it was pretty much a case of "Here's a nice thing.
We don't plan to change it, but we'll document it nicely so that
everyone can use it."  That's a posture that leads to Informational
and AD sponsorship works nicely.

I'd be happier if we got some sort of signal that people liked the
format and planned to deploy it.  We just added a new compression
content coding, so this might not be so easy to justify.  That said,
any item in the registry is easy to ignore, so it's no great expense
to have it exist.