Back when the 3 step process was originally proposed, part of the rationale
for a low barrier to entry step one seems to have been the fact that in some
cases it is necessary to have code points assigned by IANA before work
actually gets done.
While there are some code points that are sufficiently scarce that a
standards action remains the appropriate criteria, there are really very few
for which that is true.
At this point there is no value to three steps because the requirements for
passing the first step are now much higher than they used to be are
arguably higher than they used to be for the second step.
That creates something of a potential circle in which to get a draft ready
for PROPOSED Standard there is really no substitute for real world
deployment and in some cases that is not really viable until after you have
the code points.
I suggest that WGs and proto-WGs be encouraged to make use of the
EXPERIMENTAL and INFORMATIONAL status drafts for code point assignment in
the case that this is necessary to gain real world experience and that this
be recognized as an appropriate use of these stages.
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