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Re: Unknown text/* subtypes [i20]

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 00:06:45 -0800
Cc: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <3994E7DF-B3E3-47E7-A443-B7F1BEEBF360@mnot.net>
To: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>


On 13/02/2008, at 7:39 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> It isn't consensus until the people who have to change their
> implementations agree to do so.  The change was applied in a way
> that I did not anticipate, which made it a new requirement on
> previously conforming implementations rather than a relaxation
> of the existing requirements.  The issue did not require that much.

Julian applied the recorded intent faithfully (there was little room  
for interpretation; see <http://www.w3.org/mid/A0C47BE3-739B-491B-A502-80BA0AD6285A@mnot.net 
 >), and no-one -- including yourself, unless I'm missing e-mail --  
objected to it beforehand.

Your point about consensus is well-taken; it is dependent on many  
things, and can of course change over time. However, we should avoid  
revisiting topics when possible.


>> In the future, when you don't agree with emerging consensus, I'd  
>> appreciate it if you tell us as soon as is practical.
>
> This is as soon as practical.  The last discussion of it took place
> the day before I got hit by the bronchitis fever, and I did disagree
> with the proposal at that time.


Sorry to hear that, and I'm glad you're feeling better. I was  
responding specifically to this statement:

> I was waiting for specific text to be suggested, but we can just fix  
> it in the draft.

which was difficult to interpret, given that specific changes had been  
on the table for some time.

Thanks for providing a proposal. I'd suggest that people review it  
carefully, because it's a much more substantial change, from a lines- 
of-text standpoint.

Regards,

P.S. Would people find it useful if we listed the current design  
issues under discussion somewhere (e.g., on the wiki, and/or in a  
weekly summary e-mail)?

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Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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