Re: 2nd suggested revision for MUST/SHOULD

kaih@khms.westfalen.de (Kai Henningsen) Sat, 29 July 2000 13:52 UTC

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Date: 29 Jul 2000 13:42:00 +0200
From: kaih@khms.westfalen.de (Kai Henningsen)
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djb@cr.yp.to (D. J. Bernstein)  wrote on 28.07.00 in <20000728144041.2983.qmail@cr.yp.to>:

> If you're violating section 6, chances are excellent that you're
> violating United States antitrust law. In the words of the Federal Trade
> Commission, standards must not impose ``construction requirements'' in
> place of ``performance requirements.''

From my memory, the "not following 6" issue is *not* about construction  
requirements, it's about performance requirements not (directly) on the  
wire - stuff like certain configuration options must (whould, whatever) be  
available, for example.

As far as I can tell, construction requirements have generally been  
avoided as much as humanly possible by drums.

And of course, while I suspect most participants of deums actually agree  
with this particular requirement, it is also quite obvious to me that the  
US law in question is completely irrelevant here - Internet standards  
cannot be subject to US legislation. The UN might have a case.

MfG Kai