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Re: IMPORTANT READ - Extensions

From: J.C. Jones <jc@mozilla.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2018 14:58:38 -0500
Message-ID: <CAObDDPBkScqK10EHUDMr3dCx2URnjsE9K0-LANuQ-eEfJGrN3g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Christiaan Brand <cbrand@google.com>
Cc: Adam Langley <agl@google.com>, Anthony Nadalin <tonynad@microsoft.com>, W3C WebAuthn WG <public-webauthn@w3.org>
If we mark all of the extensions as non-normative, it *seems* like they
should move into some other document(s) of extensions then, as Mike Jones
advocated many moons ago.

Isn't that the normal way these things work? That seems like more work or
delay than waiting for the FIDO/W3C talks to finish up.


On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 1:59 PM Christiaan Brand <cbrand@google.com> wrote:

> Tony, I believe that on the call most was in favor of the new position:
> making things *optional *and *non-normative. *Since humans are biased
> towards inaction, I believe that this email, the way it's phrased, won't
> get us the answer we're looking for. I certainly for one believe in the
> new, non-normative position. Can we turn this question around and ask: *who
> would absolutely not like to see these non-normative, and why not?*
> Can we close this item out on tomorrow's call?
> On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 12:10 PM Adam Langley <agl@google.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 11:06 PM Anthony Nadalin <tonynad@microsoft.com>
>> wrote:
>>> The current consensus position within the working group was to continue
>>> to push to keep the “extensions” as optional and normative, due to delays
>>> on meeting the ongoing requirements of the W3C for extensions an option was
>>> proposed at the last WG call to mark the extensions as optional and
>>> non-normative, but still publish the extensions as part of the
>>> specification. I would estimate that we would be 2-3 weeks more of
>>> discussions with the W3C staff to complete the answers they are looking for
>>> if we wanted to continue to make the extensions as optional and normative.
>>> If WG member would like to change the current position from as optional
>>> and normative to optional and non-normative please respond to this message,
>>> or if you have other suggestions please also respond.
>> We support moving forward with the extensions being optional and
>> non-normative. I believe this only affects the appid extension, since
>> that's the only one where we have multiple browser implementations, but our
>> position doesn't depend on that.
>> On the plus side, doing this eliminates a few weeks of expected delay and
>> the risk of a longer delay (esp given the coming holidays). The downsides
>> seem negligible as we don't believe that the normative status has any
>> impact on the browsers' decision to implement or not implement something.
>> AGL
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