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Use of "An HTTP Extension Framework"

From: Mark Baker <mark.baker@Canada.Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 11:26:06 -0500
Message-ID: <38E0DD1E.D533B798@canada.sun.com>
To: www-p3p-public-comments@w3.org
RFC 2774 is an Experimental RFC.  As stated at the top of the
document;

   This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
   community.  It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
   Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested.
   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Per RFC 2026 (Internet Standards Process), 4.2.1;

   The "Experimental" designation typically denotes a specification that
   is part of some research or development effort.  Such a specification
   is published for the general information of the Internet technical
   community and as an archival record of the work, subject only to
   editorial considerations and to verification that there has been
   adequate coordination with the standards process (see below).  An
   Experimental specification may be the output of an organized Internet
   research effort (e.g., a Research Group of the IRTF), an IETF Working
   Group, or it may be an individual contribution.

I believe P3P's use of RFC 2774 sets a bad precedent of referencing
untested, non-standards.  The RFC is Experimental for good reason,
and I would hate to see P3P suffer because of that.  Given that an
alternative exists in P3P (META) I would prefer that it be made the
only means for associating P3P policies with documents retrieved
over HTTP.

MB
Received on Tuesday, 28 March 2000 11:24:24 GMT

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