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On page 5 of my 10GBT November 2003 minutes http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/802/3/10GBT/public/nov03/minutes_1103.pdf look at the finer granularity timeline for the next 6-months. This is the best source of information we've seen from our 10GBASE-T chairman Brad Booth on what will happen in 1H04.
In particular the 10GBASE-T Task Force will entertain technical presentations (Proposals) during a number of interim (e.g. January, April, May) and plenary (March, July) meetings that form the baseline set of presentations (technically agreed upon material, 75% or better by TF vote). These presentations typically find their way into a "Blue Book" that in the past has been published by a Technical Alliance.
The 0.9 draft is just an internal draft for TF edification; it's an aid to get D1.0 done on time - we'll capture as much agreed upon material as possible in D0.9 in an attempt to lock down the non-debatable material.
As far as the "Last Technical Proposal" for D1.0 ONLY I think you have a point here, that would most likely be presented during the July 2004 Plenary meeting, not after the July meeting. The actual draft 1.0 would be created after the July 2004 plenary meeting and it would incorporate all technical changes that were agreed upon up to the close of the July 2004 plenary meeting. Closure of some editorials may slip outside this July meeting; the various editors will resolve them. We would use draft 1.0 during our 2004 September interim; this is where the fun starts managing the 10GBASE-T comment database.
As for the "LAST Technical Change" just prior to the 2005 July plenary (this is most likely during the 2005 May interim) think of this as our current stake in the ground for final closure of the technical content for the standard. After this point in time the TF is in a FIX IT mode, not allowing feature creep to kill the standards progress during the final 1-year stretch to the finish line where the standard is finished from a TF perspective.
I hope this helps. We're going into a 6-month phase now of a LOT of technical work is ahead of us. Having a high focused and managed "10GBT Technical Alliance" would have helped but there was no interest in forming this technical forum so we'll have to do all this work within the IEEE venues. I'm sure we'll have a number of volunteers to host non-IEEE sessions at their respective company locations as an alternative to a well managed technical alliance.
- Jeff Warren (10GBT SG Secretary)