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Document Shepherd:  D. Crocker <>

(1) What type of RFC is being requested (BCP, Proposed Standard,
Internet Standard, Informational, Experimental, or Historic)?  Why
is this the proper type of RFC?  Is this type of RFC indicated in the
title page header?

     Standards Track.  This document specifies a common format to be used on
     the Internet. It builds on related work that is already in use. The
     intended status is on the header.

(2) The IESG approval announcement includes a Document Announcement
Write-Up. Please provide such a Document Announcement Write-Up. Recent
examples can be found in the "Action" announcements for approved
documents. The approval announcement contains the following sections:

Technical Summary

     This document specifies the "file" Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) 
     scheme, replacing the definition in RFC 1738.  It defines a common syntax
     which is intended to interoperate across  the broad spectrum of existing
     usages.  It also  notes  some other current practices around the use of
     file URIs.

Working Group Summary

  Was there anything in WG process that is worth noting? For
  example, was there controversy about particular points or
  were there decisions where the consensus was particularly

     The work was done in the Apps Area Working group and has received
     significant community comment, with multiple revisions resulting.  Support
     for the work appears solid.

[CHAIR and SHEPHERD NOTE: This document went through two WGLCs.  The first one
yielded some input but the document shepherd review identified numerous issues
that resulted in a flurry of other review traffic and document revisions.  A
second WGLC was then done that yielded no feedback at all.  We suspect this is
a result of wandered interest (since APPSAWG is closing) rather than any
indication that the document is not sound or does not have consensus to

Document Quality

  Document development had some coordination with the W3C community, which can
  be expected to use this work.


  Who is the Document Shepherd? Who is the Responsible Area

  Document Shepherd:  D. Crocker <>
 Responsible AD: Alexey Melnikov
 Process management:  M. Kucherawy <>

(3) Briefly describe the review of this document that was performed by
the Document Shepherd.  If this version of the document is not ready
for publication, please explain why the document is being forwarded to
the IESG.

     I did an extensive review on the first Last Call's version, and this
     prompted substantial additional community discussion and input, as well as
     significant revisions to the specification.  There have been two revisions
     since then and, in my opinion, the current version is now focused and
     clear, and resolves the concerns that were raised.

     The file: scheme is of obvious utility and this revised specification
     should be quite helpful.

(4) Does the document Shepherd have any concerns about the depth or
breadth of the reviews that have been performed?

  I am now comfortable with the depth and breadth of reviews that have been

(5) Do portions of the document need review from a particular or from
broader perspective, e.g., security, operational complexity, AAA, DNS,
DHCP, XML, or internationalization? If so, describe the review that
took place.

  I am not aware of any 'coordinating' reviews that are needed at this point.

(6) Describe any specific concerns or issues that the Document Shepherd
has with this document that the Responsible Area Director and/or the
IESG should be aware of? For example, perhaps he or she is uncomfortable
with certain parts of the document, or has concerns whether there really
is a need for it. In any event, if the WG has discussed those issues and
has indicated that it still wishes to advance the document, detail those
concerns here.

  No specific concerns or issues.

(7) Has each author confirmed that any and all appropriate IPR
disclosures required for full conformance with the provisions of BCP 78
and BCP 79 have already been filed. If not, explain why.

   No special IPR concerns are present.

(8) Has an IPR disclosure been filed that references this document?
If so, summarize any WG discussion and conclusion regarding the IPR

   No related IPR statements have been filed.

(9) How solid is the WG consensus behind this document? Does it
represent the strong concurrence of a few individuals, with others
being silent, or does the WG as a whole understand and agree with it?

  The work was a short-term effort in the Apps Area WG.  Such efforts typically
  do not accrue very large numbers of participants.  That said, this document
  had input that was varied in kind and sources.  I believe resulting support
  is solid.

(10) Has anyone threatened an appeal or otherwise indicated extreme
discontent? If so, please summarise the areas of conflict in separate
email messages to the Responsible Area Director. (It should be in a
separate email because this questionnaire is publicly available.)

   I am not aware of any concerns about document process or content.

(11) Identify any ID nits the Document Shepherd has found in this
document. (See and the Internet-Drafts
Checklist). Boilerplate checks are not enough; this check needs to be

  No nits.

(12) Describe how the document meets any required formal review
criteria, such as the MIB Doctor, media type, and URI type reviews.

  No special review requirements.

(13) Have all references within this document been identified as
either normative or informative?


(14) Are there normative references to documents that are not ready for
advancement or are otherwise in an unclear state? If such normative
references exist, what is the plan for their completion?


(15) Are there downward normative references references (see RFC 3967)?
If so, list these downward references to support the Area Director in
the Last Call procedure.


(16) Will publication of this document change the status of any
existing RFCs? Are those RFCs listed on the title page header, listed
in the abstract, and discussed in the introduction? If the RFCs are not
listed in the Abstract and Introduction, explain why, and point to the
part of the document where the relationship of this document to the
other RFCs is discussed. If this information is not in the document,
explain why the WG considers it unnecessary.


(17) Describe the Document Shepherd's review of the IANA considerations
section, especially with regard to its consistency with the body of the
document. Confirm that all protocol extensions that the document makes
are associated with the appropriate reservations in IANA registries.
Confirm that any referenced IANA registries have been clearly
identified. Confirm that newly created IANA registries include a
detailed specification of the initial contents for the registry, that
allocations procedures for future registrations are defined, and a
reasonable name for the new registry has been suggested (see RFC 5226).

  IANA section looks good to me.

(18) List any new IANA registries that require Expert Review for future
allocations. Provide any public guidance that the IESG would find
useful in selecting the IANA Experts for these new registries.


(19) Describe reviews and automated checks performed by the Document
Shepherd to validate sections of the document written in a formal
language, such as XML code, BNF rules, MIB definitions, etc.

 I reviewed the contained ABNF carefully.