I sigh in my own general direction ;-)
1.2. Relation to other standards
This document also updates [RFC2822] and MIME, and the fact that an
experimental specification updates a standards-track spec means that
people who participate in the experiment have to consider those
Process: The ID Tracker is showing this draft in Last Call status, but
can't find (in the archive or in my personal folders) any Last Call
announcement, which I was looking for, in order to check how Chris
the downref at Last Call time - I'm expecting that it will be quite
entertaining. Has anyone else seen such an announcement on IETF
Note: Intended status is Experimental.
The subject line of the Last Call was
Last Call: draft-ietf-eai-smtpext (SMTP extension for internationalized
email address) to Experimental RFC
and covered 2 drafts; this may be why you did not find it.
Exactly right (I was scanning by subject). While I'm amazed that the
downref isn't being called out in the Last Call announcement, I think RFC
tracks and standards levels are so arbitrary that they are useless, so
I'm not complaining - I was trying to figure out if there really had been
a Last Call announcement sent, that's all.
I actually don't see a downref here - this is an Experimental updating a
Draft Standard (or Full; I don't remember current status well). If
anything, this is unusual as an upref, not a downref....
Of course, you're right - I should not be calling this a downref, because it
has nothing to do with normatively referring to a document that's at a lower
maturity level/standards track level.
I should have just said "non-standards-track document updating a
And, as the document points out, people who participate in the experiment
are affected, people who do not participate in the experiment are not, and
it's not at all clear how to do the experiment without exactly this document
So, I'm good.
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