and really I have to wonder why IETF would develop a conferencing
solution that favors the telephony community over other Internet
interests. at least at first glance, that doesn't seem in the best
interests of the Internet as a whole.
[ resent to general discussion list... ]
A new IETF working group has been proposed in the Transport Area.
The IESG has not made any determination as yet.
The following description was submitted, and is provided
for informational purposes only:
Centralized Conferencing (xcon)
Current Status: Proposed Working Group
Description of Working Group:
Initially this combination of protocols will be specified with
respect to session setup with SIP. The solutions developed in XCON
will not preclude operation with other signaling protocols; however
it is anticipated that the use of other protocols would require
modifications which are out of scope for this working group.
None of the protocols defined by this group will be SIP, although
the SIP specific event notification framework will be used. The
group will use the high-level requirements and framework already
described by documents published by the SIPPING WG.
may i inquire as to why this working group is SIP-specific? or more
accurately, why does this charter say it isn't SIP-specific, when the
contrary is true.
for example, in the xmpp commuinity, there's a robust and
well-implemented specification for "multi-user chat" which arguably
provides a superset of the proposed xcon work product (cf.,
if the proposed working group is going to develop something for SIP,
then the charter should say so.
if the proposed working group is going to develop something
general-purpose, then the charter should reflect reality by requiring
an evaluation of existing solutions to this space, as is usual for
working groups that are not starting with an existing specification...