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For the CD, I think the archive should just include the superseded and withdrawn standards. (I.e. the ones that were published as IEEE Std 802.xxxxx-20xx.) I don’t think we should burden it with drafts. That would blow up the size and be difficult to collect across all the many projects.
I think members should have access to the drafts of finished projects. (I.e. P802.xxxx-Dy.z.) For the final draft – the one sent to RevCom – this has the special use of determining whether an error in the standard can be corrected by an errata (the error wasn’t in the final draft but was introduced in publication). For other drafts, in combination with the comment resolution and project submissions archives it can answer questions like “why did we change that”. It may also have legal implications in establishing dates for prior art.
I guess since some of us have access (by having saved balloted drafts) there is an argument that them being available puts other, perhaps newer members on a more equal footing by having the same drafts available to them. But probably only a small part of our population (editors and those of us working on maintenance) ends up trolling thorough old drafts for footprints on how and why something changed.
Perhaps access by making a request to the chair is good enough.
Just to be sure we are all talking to the same points.
When a WG has a draft of a document - D1.0 it sends it out for ballot.
It then takes feedback/comments and makes D2.0
this continues until we make it to Sponsor ballot ...say D5.0 (for sake of this argument).
During the Sponsor ballot process there are several recircs
and lets say D9.0 makes it to RevCom.
This produces a Published-year document. (say Widget-2000).
When Widget-2000 got revised, it had several steps.
Widget-2000-d1.0 which was balloted in the WG
and several drafts created
Then it was sent to Sponsor ballot as Widget-D7.0
It gets published and is called Widget 2012.
Now the question is which documents should be available to the public
Which documents should be available to the members
and for how long.
As I understand from the thread:
The CD contains all the published version history.
Each WG has saved the all the interim drafts, but they are generally available only to the chair.
Many of the WG have some subset of the full set of documents available to the WG voters.
Some Individuals have an archive that is better than others.
The "superseded" moniker I believes goes with those versions of the specification that was made public and are then replaced (superseded) with a newer version.
Now you can see why Adrian may have called some of the versions obsolete, as once the recirc has happened, and sent to RevCom, they are obsolete in that there is a published (final) version of the standard.
So now which documents are we thinking should be saved?
All on the CD? or just the published ones?
Just thinking out loud.
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