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On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 01:57:30PM -0700, The IESG wrote:
> The IESG has received a request from the Applications Area Working Group
> WG (appsawg) to consider the following document:
> - 'The "about" URI Scheme'
> <draft-ietf-appsawg-about-uri-scheme-04.txt> as a Proposed Standard
I read this document. I have no strong objection to it, but I can see
no reason whatever that it should be on the standards track, because
AFAICT it doesn't standardize anything. I seem to recall saying
something similar in the WG some time ago, but I suspect I missed the
WGLC for this draft or I would have said the same thing there.
It should not be on the standards track because it fails a minimal
test for interoperability. Section 2 makes clear that there is no
common meaning of about: URIs. This means that there is no reason to
suppose a URI of the form about:foo accesses the same resource when
accessed from different products.