That would be the twelfth draft of the Atom Publishing Protocol spec. We’ll be asking for IETF last call on this draft. I’m pretty sure that the final product will look about like this. I wouldn’t be surprised if the IETF process patched a couple of security oversights or uncovered a couple of corner cases; nor would I be surprised if it didn’t. But I think that implementors who run with this will be pretty safe; mind you, there are a lot out there who didn’t wait this long; and they deserve our thanks. As do the editors and the good people in the Working Group; this has been mostly a pretty good trip. [Update: Some Atom-protocol news I had hanging around waiting to blog: Dave Johnson links to several implementations, and Elias Torres tells of a quickie.]



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From: Mark (Dec 28 2006, at 08:15)

May 28, 2005 - http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2005/05/28/Soft-in-Software - "I recently appointed Bill co-editor of the Atom Publishing Protocol draft, in preparation for the final charge to the finish line."

November 21, 2005 - http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2005/11/21/Atom-Status - "The Atom Publishing Protocol is very close to done."

June 29, 2006 - http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2006/06/29/Atom - "The working group just published Draft 9 of the protocol... My opinion is that nothing in here will change much, and there will be a couple of very small additions, and then we’ll go for IETF last call."

September 21, 2006 - http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2006/09/21/Atomic - "We’re up to Draft 10 of the Atom Publishing Protocol, and it’s very close to what the final product will look like."

December 27, 2006 (this post) - "We’ll be asking for IETF last call on this draft. I’m pretty sure that the final product will look about like this."

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June 27, 2003 - http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2003/06/27.html -

Mr. Safe: Look, I'm no expert, but don't Internet standards take years -- not weeks -- to mature?

Jon: Yes.

Mr. Safe: Uh oh.

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From: Tim Bray (Dec 28 2006, at 11:24)

Good eyes there, Mark. Yep, the APP has been almost entirely stable for over a year, and I for one haven't been pushing very hard for a wrap while the implementors have been busy building and testing and finding nits. I think that on Day One of RFC-hood, it'll be a little more solid than your average paper-ware.

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From: Robert Sayre (Dec 29 2006, at 16:47)

The final charge to the finish line. That's rich.

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