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Shepherd writeup

Shepherd writeup for draft-ietf-json-text-sequence

1. Summary

Paul Hoffman (co-chair of the JSON WG) is the document shepherd, and Pete Resnick is the responsible
Area Director.

This document describes the JSON text sequence format. A JSON text sequence is specifically not a
JSON text itself, but it is composed of (possible) JSON texts.  JSON text sequences can be parsed
(and produced) incrementally without having to have a streaming parser (nor streaming encoder). This
allows easy coding of extremely large datasets, logs, and so on. Because it is a format, it is
appropriate for standards track.

2. Review and Consensus

The WG had some problems with early drafts of the document, but came to rough consensus at the end.
There was disagreement about what character(s) should be used to delimit text sequences, but there
was fairly extensive discussion and most of the participants agreed that the sequence chosen in the
latest draft is the best of the alternatives discussed.

There was not a huge amount of interest in the format in the WG, but there was definite interest
from some users of JSON, particularly those who want to write out JSON texts in logs.

3. Intellectual Property

The document author is unaware of any patents on the idea or trademarks on the name.

IPR on this draft was not discussed in the WG.

4. Other Points

There is an IANA consideration, requesting a new MIME media type, which looks pretty bog-standard.