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Re: [http-state] declaring success

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 22:23:45 +0200
To: www-archive@w3.org
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* Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>The HTTPSTATE WG was formed to generate a spec accurately describing the
>existing HTTP state management technology ("cookies"). With the
>publication of RFC 6265, that work is now complete. Therefore, as your
>responsible Area Director I plan to close the HTTPSTATE WG very soon.

For the record, goals were http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpstate/charters

  [x] Feature-complete Internet-Draft of Cookie specification
  [_] Feature-complete test suite of Cookie specification
  [_] Feature-complete draft of deviation description
  [_] First fully conforming implementation in a major browser
  [x] Last Call for Cookie specification
  [_] Last Call for deviation description
  [_] Second fully conforming implementation in a major browser
  [x] Submit Cookie specification to IESG ...
  [_] Submit deviation description to IESG ...

That's 3 out of 9 goals, with 1 out of 3 deliverables produced, where
the two deliverables that have not been produced were supposed to help
gauge how well the group produced the one deliverable it did manage to
work on. I would not call that a success (of course, I would also not
have included the other goals anticipating this result, as that is how
these things always tend to go).

(For the "deviation description" there are a few notes here and there
in the specification proper, but it would seem incorrect to consider
those as the deliverable, as they are incomplete, among other things,
due to the lack of a finished test suite and lack of testing; though
it is clear that there is no fully compliant implementation as yet.)

Let's check back in a year or two to see if by then fully conforming
implementations have been released...
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