Re: [hybi] -09: IANA considerations

Alexey Melnikov <> Tue, 21 June 2011 22:02 UTC

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Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

>On 6/21/11 6:30 AM, Dave Cridland wrote:
>>On Fri Jun 17 21:07:22 2011, Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) wrote:
>>>On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Peter Saint-Andre
>>>>Section 11.12 says that assignment of WebSocket Version Numbers shall be
>>>>"RFC Required", but then requests assignment of version numbers 0-8 to
>>>>prior submissions of this Internet-Draft. The requested assignments are
>>>>at odds with the stated policy.
>>>RFC Required is different from Standards Action. RFC Publication
>>>(either as
>>>an IETF submission or as an RFC editor independent submission) suffices.
>>>Standards Action requires Standards Track RFCs approved by the IESG. My
>>>understanding from this as that an I-D counts as an IETF submission?
>>Yes, but it only counts as an RFC once it's published...
>>The solution is to assign these to this document, but note in this
>>section that versions 1-8 are older versions.
>>One might even ask IANA to maintain a note saying that, when creating
>>the registry.
>>That all said, it's not clear to me this really needs a registry, or why
>>one might want to allow independant stream RFCs to define a new version
>>number - that effectively means that the next version of WebSockets
>>might not be an IETF protocol at all. In contrast with the other
>>registries - which seem reasonable - allowing random people to invent
>>new and conflicting versions seems like a recipe for chaos.
>>I'd have thought that we want standards-track here, and in any case, the
>>version numbers would be handled by Obsoletes/Updates perfectly well.
>Seems reasonable, yes.
I tend to agree with the "cause chaos" argument, so Standards Track RFC or IETF Consensus (i.e. any RFC in the IETF Stream) is Ok.

I would still prefer to have a registry, as some people (especially people not doing IETF standards for long time) are not as skilled as others in navigating chains of references. But I don't feel strongly enough about this.

My 2p.