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Dear 802 SEC,
A question came up in 802.11 at the last session regarding access to obsolete standards of drafts.
(e.g. drafts of amendments that were subsequently published, and then subsequently obsoleted by a revision).
The reasons to access such old documents might be:
1. To avoid paying a fee for the published document (yes, I know we have Get802 and currently a $5 fee).
2. For historical interest, such as documenting the development of a standard for a book or paper
3. For legal reasons
802.11 removes access to such drafts as soon as they are obsoleted by publication of an amendment or revision.
There are perhaps three reasons to do this:
1. The terms under which access to drafts is provided is to develop the amendment/revision.
2. Looking at old drafts can be injurious to your interoperability
3. May dissuade members from purchasing/acquiring/using the approved document
I have researched the IEEE-SA rules and can find no statement that says that access to drafts has to be
removed at any time.
Could I have comments from the SEC members on the following:
1. Do you believe there are any IEEE-SA rules that prevent providing everlasting access to drafts?
2. Do you see any practical pros and cons to this?
3. Do you do this in your group?
Adrian P STEPHENS
Tel: +44 1954 204 609 (office)