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RE: [802SEC] Should all IEEE 802 drafts coming for sale be a CLEA N file or should they be offered as they come (in the recirculation case, with changes marked)????

Vic -

All depends on how you define "openness". Taking your line of argument to 
its logical conclusion, to be truly "open", there would be no obstacle 
whatever (including financial obstacles) to free & open access to our work, 
and so all drafts and published standards should be available to all for 
free. This is the position that I hold personally; however, it clearly 
isn't the position that the IEEE holds. I suspect that the working 
definition of "openness" for the IEEE standards process is much more 
limited, and is along the lines that anyone who wishes to do so can 
participate in the work, subject to the membership rules of the committee 
concerned, and anyone that wishes to read drafts and standards that are 
made available during the progress of that work can do so, subject to 
payment of any fees that may be due for the privilege.

To my knowledge, the decision as to when a draft should be made available 
for sale has always rested with the working group concerned, and is made 
when the draft has reached a reasonable level of stability (whatever that 
might mean).


At 04:01 15/04/2003 -0400, Hayes, Vic (Vic) wrote:

>Bob and Angela, SEC members,
>Because the IEEE-SA does have the requirement to be an "Open" Committee, I
>would interpret the question "which drafts are available for sale" to be
>answered as "all drafts, even change page instruction as well as versions
>with change bars".
>As to Bob's indication that they only make drafts available "once we have
>entered WG ballot", I would like to state that they are violating the rules
>for openness.
>Vic Hayes
>Agere Systems Nederland B.V., formerly Lucent Technologies
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Grow, Bob []
>Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 9:27 PM
>Subject: RE: [802SEC] Should all IEEE 802 drafts coming for sale be a
>CLEAN file or should they be offered as they come (in the recirculation
>case, with changes marked)????
>It would be great to have an automatic process, but I am not clear on one
>issue.  There is no consistent policy on when drafts are made available for
>public sale.  In the case of 802.3, we make drafts available once we have
>entered WG ballot.  In this case we do not upload drafts to the ballot
>During reciruclation ballots, we might only distribute change pages for the
>ballot.  (For example the upload for the current P802.3af/D4.3 recirculation
>ballot included change pages only (about a fourth of the complete draft).
>I believe a clean version is the appropriate version for sale.  This is also
>the only consistent thing we do throughout the entire ballot process.
>Because of FrameMaker's limitated diff capabilities, we may change the way
>we produce the change bar version depending on the change volume.  Because
>the upload isn't the clean version, and it isn't necessarily complete, an
>automatic process will include staff picking up the complete clean version
>of the draft from the WG private pages.  Some questions need to be answered
>for the process to be both comprehensive and automatic.
>1.  How does staff learn of first public availability of a project draft?
>2.  How will staff learn of WG ballots or new drafts prior to sponsor
>3.  Do all WGs produce and post clean versions of documents for every
>4.  Do all WGs announce the URL, username and password for the complete
>clean draft on each ballot announcement?
>I support your efforts to make this process automatic, but I will be
>concerned if it doesn't also support sale of drafts prior to sponsor ballot.
>I also think it is important that we be able to invoke this automatic
>process without uploading the complete clean draft.  Our voters are able to
>work with pointers to the draft, staff should be equally willing to work
>with the pointer (URL, username and password).
>--Bob Grow
>-----Original Message-----
>From: []
>Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 11:49 AM
>Subject: [802SEC] Should all IEEE 802 drafts coming for sale be a CLEAN
>file or should they be offered as they come (in the recirculation case,
>with changes marked)????
>Hello All:
>In our efforts to keep improving the process to make IEEE-802 drafts
>available for sale, there are some things that need clarification.
>Therefore, I will like to raise the following question:
>I understand from Jerry Walker that we do not need to confirm with the WGC
>any longer, if the draft will be made available for sale, but instead, this
>will be a default process, meaning that every time a new or revised draft
>comes,  we will make these drafts available for sale.
>With that in mind, I would like to get input from all of you as to which is
>the right thing to do in this case.  Hence, please let me know if the
>drafts we will make available for sale, are to be **as they come**  (with
>the changes marked)  when it comes to recirculations, or if we should make
>*only clean drafts* (without changes marked* available for sale.
>Please let us know as we are streamlining this process, of making IEEE-802
>drafts available for sale in a timely manner, especially since this process
>is so important for all of us, especially for our customers.
>Please keep in mind that the prompt input from every WGC, regarding drafts
>coming for recirculations, is needed and very much appreciated.
>Angela Ortiz
>Program Manager - Technical Program Development
>IEEE Standards, 445 Hoes Lane,
>Piscataway, NJ  08855-1331 USA
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