Re: revised "generic syntax" internet draft

Larry Masinter (
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 15:06:07 PDT

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Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 15:06:07 PDT
From: Larry Masinter <>
To: "Martin J. Duerst" <>
Cc: "Roy T. Fielding" <>,,
Subject: Re: revised "generic syntax" internet draft


Just to correct an apparent misimpression, you say:

"and the solutions are adopted by the IAB (as Larry has told me)"

While the work that went into RFC 2070 was valuable, and while
I made some good headway in explaining this approach at the IAB
character set workshop, 
  - it was just a workshop. We were not officially commissioned
    by the IAB to 'adopt' anything, but merely to discuss the
    issues and report our recommendations and findings
  - the recommendations and findings were complex, on many
    issues the small workshop convened did not have consensus
    on all of the issues.

So it's really overstating the case to say that RFC 2070 was
"adopted by the IAB". As far as I am aware personally, there
is no official IAB or IESG policy.