Usenet Article Standard Update (usefor) Concluded WG

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WG
Name Usenet Article Standard Update
Acronym usefor
Area Applications Area (app)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-usefor-01 Approved
Personnel
Chairs Harald Alvestrand
Alexey Melnikov
Editors Ken Murchison
Charles Lindsey
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Charter for Working Group


Note: A charter rewrite/update is underway.

Motivation

The Standard for Interchange of USENET Messages, defined in RFC 1036,
was released in December 1987. This RFC defines the format that format
that all usenet articles must follow (similar to the way RFC 822 does
for email) and also covers the algorithm that is used to distribute
usenet articles. Since that time there has been no official update
published despite the rapid growth in Usenet and other networks that
use
the RFC 1036 article format.

A draft update to RFC 1036 ( "Son of RFC 1036" ) was released by Henry
Spencer in June 1994 but this was not further pursued and is now itself
out of date. Currently a combination of this and RFC 1036 are regarded
as the de-facto standard.

At the present time an urgent need has been identified to formalize and
document many of the current and proposed extensions to the Usenet
Article format. Many extensions are only vaguely documented and have
competing and overlapping alternatives. A draft update to RFC 1036 (
"Son of RFC 1036" ) was released by Henry Spencer in June 1994 but
this
was not further pursued and is now itself out of date. Currently a
combination of this and RFC 1036 are regarded as the de-facto standard.

At the present time an urgent need has been identified to formalize and
document many of the current and proposed extensions to the Usenet
Article format. Many extensions are only vaguely documented and have
competing and overlapping alternatives.

In particular the following areas need urgent attention:

- Standards for the signing of articles (sign-control and PGP-MOOSE)
- Authentication of cancels.
- Use of non-ASCII character sets in article headers and bodies
- Standardization of article bodies and the use of MIME in articles.
- Standardization and extension of 3rd party control messages affecting
articles (NOCEM)
- General revision of various limits (eg article size) listed in
previous standards.

and many other aspects of the standards need reviewing.

Description

The Goal of this working group is to publish a standards-track
successor
to RFC 1036 that with particular attention to backward compatibility,
formalizes best current practice and best proposed practice. The Group
shall also aid and/or oversee the production of other Usenet related
Internet Drafts and Standards.

The Working Group shall:

1. Produce an Internet Draft (or series of drafts) that describes the
core standards for a Usenet article and the features that all Usenet
software should take account of.

2. Produce a group of Internet Drafts formally describing extensions to
the core standard for a Usenet article (see above).

3. Produce a further Internet Draft that incorporates the core standard
for a Usenet article (see 1) plus all those extensions (see 2) that

the working group believe should become part of a final standard.

4. Publish a standards-track successor to RFC 1036 that formalizes best
current practice and best proposed practice.

5. Publish any other extensions to the Usenet Article Standard that
warrant being formal extensions but are outside the scope of the
main
standard.

Milestones

Date Milestone
Apr 2005 ReCharter or conclude
Mar 2005 Last Call USEAGE
Jan 2005 Last Call USEPRO
Done Last Call USEFOR
Done Publish USEFOR -01 (merged version)
Done Publish USEPRO -00
Done Publish USEFOR -00