My apologies for not sending this earlier.
This is the draft charter I propose for EMAILCORE WG-to-be:
The base documents defining Internet messaging — colloquially, email --
are RFC 5321 (protocol) and RFC 5322 (format). These are revisions and
consolidations of prior documents and were last published in 2008. They
currently sit at Draft Standard status, a status that actually no longer
exists according to current IETF procedure.
Since then some errata have accumulated (both submitted to IETF and
reported directly to editors), as well as comments made about these
documents not necessarily describing best email practices. There is now
exists sufficient critical mass to undertake a limited review and
revision of these documents for the purpose of advancing them to
Internet Standard status.
This working group will conduct that limited review and revision, and
publish new versions of these documents at Internet Standard status, per
RFC 6410. The limited review is restricted to include corrections and
clarifications only, such as verified errata and errata marked as "held
for document update", however the WG is not limited to only addressing
submitted errata. No new protocol extensions or amendments will be
considered for inclusion into 5321bis and 5322bis documents, unless they
are already published as RFCs.
The working group will also work on Applicability Statement/BCP in
parallel with 5321bis and 5322bis, to capture relationships to other
widely deployed work (for example recommended extensions) and current
Upon completion of these three milestones, and assuming the participants
still have the momentum to do so, the working group may undertake
similar review and revision of other email specifications. Such future
work will require rechartering.
The current plan for the EMAILCORE BOF is to triage existing errata on
RFC 5321/5322 (to see what kind of issues were raised), discuss exact
scope of the effort and finish with reviewing the above proposal at the
end of the EMAILCORE BOF.
Please let me know your comments/thoughts.
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