Re: [Json] Counterproposal on work items

Paul Hoffman <paul.hoffman@vpnc.org> Wed, 20 February 2013 17:38 UTC

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On Feb 20, 2013, at 9:27 AM, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> wrote:

> My proposal is: do nothing.
> 
> I use JSON for protocol design and work all the time, and have not observed any interop problems in the wild which originate at the JSON parson or construction level.  I give the incoming text to the library and it Just Works or reliably reports a syntax botch.  I give my data structures to the JSON serializer and cheerfully send off whatever comes out. I read specs and build clients and servers and, when things break, it’s because I’m stupidly using a bogus name or value in some field, not because of the serialization.
> 
> I suggest that there is not a problem here that needs the investment of precious IETF time.

-1.

There are places where RFC 4627 has SHOULDs where some processors do one thing and others do something different. That should be cleaned up in a standards-track RFC, and it should be done with lots of JSON developers and users having a discussion that comes to rough consensus.

The other stuff mentioned so far will probably happen as experimental RFCs even if there is no WG; a WG might help prevent those from being silly, but doing so might take a lot of effort (more than the value).

--Paul Hoffman