An outline proposal
Dennis E. Hamilton
dennis.hamilton at acm.org
Thu Oct 14 04:24:38 CEST 2010
Although I'm not interested in the standardization of some sort of full Zip
(mostly because of all the platform-specific variations), I think this is an
Do we know why the proposal of a Zip-Lite failed? Are there comments on the
NWI ballot that we should be examining? I say that because it might be the
other aspects of making provisions for content that facilitate document
packaging that might have been an issue? And it just might have been that
the value of a Zip lite scope was not well-understood.
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But if we want to do something useful then I see at least three paths:
1) Standardize the entire functionality described in the current ZIP
Application Note. But use this standardization process to receive formal
patent disclosures which should clarify which parts of the specification
require patents, and whether those patents are available on RAND terms.
The existence of patents is not a formal bar against standardization in
ISO/IEC, so long as they are disclosed and are available on RAND terms.
2) Standardize a subset of the ZIP Application Note that is believed to
involve only royalty-free methods and which is sufficient for document
format use. Note that this is close to the proposal that recently failed
to receive sufficient support in SC34. So I suggest we need to go beyond
3) Do #1 and then do #2 as a profile standard of #1. In other words, if
we do #1 in a modular fashion, then #2 easily falls out of it. I prefer
this approach. It gives everything that supporters of the original
proposal wanted (ZIP-lite) as well as standardizing the other parts of
ZIP, which are very important and market-relevant. The key is
modularization, which facilitates profiling.
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