[cabfpub] CAB Forum Document Versioning

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Tue Feb 5 16:39:00 UTC 2013

On 04/02/13 09:27, Rich Smith wrote:
>> 1) Standard adoption date - when a particular version of the standard
>>    is finalized
>> 2) Effective date - the date which CAB Forum recommends to browsers
>>    that they choose as their "actual effective date" (see below)

> [RWS] The above being the case, IMO the CA/B Forum SHOULD only deal with #1. 
> In absence of any control over 3-5 #2 only serves to muddy the waters.  We 
> should adopt and leave it to the browsers and auditors to tell CAs when they 
> MUST comply.

As a browser maker, we appreciate guidance from the collective wisdom of
the CAB Forum on when the CAs feel they can make changes by. We would
much rather have that (non-binding) input than not have it. If it's
decided it should be stated in some form other than an "effective date",
e.g. a "suggested implementation date", that's fine, but I think the
discussions which lead to the suggestion, and the suggestion itself, are
both valuable to us.


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