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Subject: Re: [security-services] Re: Last-call drafts and call for review nowavailable on website

Karl-- Let me confer with the current and former co-chairs on this.  The 
SSTC invented this process a long time ago, before the current process 
existed as such (there used to be no requirements around review prior to 
Ctte Spec/Draft stage), and it may be that the purposes of the two 
processes coincide sufficiently to be considered the same thing.  But in 
that case, we'll have to formally put the other specs (not all of them 
were included in this package) through the process as well.


Karl F. Best wrote:

> Eve:
> Is this "last call" the same as the public review required by the TC 
> Process before the approval of the spec as a CD by the TC? (see 
> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.php#committee_draft) Or has 
> that public review already taken place? If it's a public review there's 
> a process to follow, i.e. I have to announce it, etc.
> But even if the required public review has already taken place this 
> "last call" could be considered another round of review (see the second 
> para of the section on public review); why don't we do that instead of 
> inventing something that's not in the Process?
> (But I appreciate your informing me where things are at, and I would 
> encourage Dee making the announcement once we figure out what to call 
> this.)
> -Karl
> Eve L. Maler wrote:
>> Folks, the last-call draft package that we approved today is now 
>> available from the SSTC website.  Please check out the site and let me 
>> know if you find any errors:
>> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=security
>> Note that I've created a zip file for downloading all the last-call 
>> spec and schema drafts at once:
>> http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/7750/sstc-saml-2.0-last-call.zip 
>> Karl, Dee, and Robin, although the SSTC does this last-call phase on 
>> its own as an additional level of review along with the usual 
>> Committee Draft and OASIS Standard balloting phases, we thought you 
>> might be interested that we've reached this level.  It indicates that 
>> we believe these specs are feature-complete (though we're prepared to 
>> revise them to accommodate comments) and that we're actively 
>> soliciting external input even before the Committee Draft phase.  
>> Think of it as a sort of beta.  (Note that there are other specs in 
>> the SAML V2.0 set that are either less crucial for initial 
>> implementation or are non-normative, or both, that will skip this 
>> last-call phase, though they have working drafts linked from the SSTC 
>> website.)
>> Dee, can I request that you add a blurb along the following lines to 
>> the next issue of OASIS News?  We will also send a note to the 
>> saml-dev mailing list along these lines.
>> "
>> The Security Services Technical Committee (SSTC) has produced a set of 
>> last-call working drafts for key SAML Version 2.0 specifications and 
>> schemas, and is soliciting review comments and implementor feedback 
>> prior to preparing Committee Drafts.  Comments are due by 2 August 
>> 2004.  The last-call drafts can be found here:
>>   http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/7750/
>> More information, along with links to additional SAML specification 
>> drafts, is available at the SSTC website:
>>   http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/security
>> "
>> Thanks,
>>     Eve

Eve Maler                                        +1 781 442 3190
Sun Microsystems                            cell +1 781 354 9441
Web Products, Technologies, and Standards    eve.maler @ sun.com

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