[cabfpub] Voting Period Begins | Ballot FORUM-021: Form Definitions and Glossary WG

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Thu Apr 4 17:49:32 UTC 2024

DigiCert votes YES on FORUM-021.




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Subject: [cabfpub] Voting Period Begins | Ballot FORUM-021: Form Definitions and Glossary WG


Ballot FORUM-021


Proposed by Clint Wilson of Apple and endorsed by Tim Hollebeek of DigiCert and Tim Callan of Sectigo.


Purpose of Ballot


The CA/Browser Forum publishes Final Guidelines representing technical requirements about nuanced and challenging PKI implementations. It is proposed that the establishment of a Definitions and Glossary Working Group will assist the Forum as a whole, and its individual Chartered Working Groups, in the following ways:


1. Clarity and Consistency: Standardizing the definitions of terms will help Members and other interested parties have a clearer understanding of the terminology being used. This should reduce ambiguity and confusion, while increasing consistency in interpretation and use across Working Groups and Final Guidelines.

2. Effective Communication: A Glossary enables more effective communication among Members, as well as with external stakeholders such as industry partners, regulatory bodies, and other standardization organizations. It helps to ensure that everyone involved in the process is speaking the same language and, as such, may have a positive impact beyond the Forum alone.

3. Quality: By establishing a Glossary, the Forum can focus efforts on enhancing the quality and accuracy of the language used in published Guidelines. The availability of consistent, high-quality terminology reduces the risk of misunderstandings, errors, and misinterpretations that could undermine the effectiveness of the Forum.

4. Accessibility and Learning: For new Members or observers of the Forum, having a centralized Glossary provides a valuable resource for learning the specialized terminology used here. As with Guidelines in general, a focused Glossary can reduce the learning curve associated with understanding, implementing, and complying with complex baseline requirements documents.

5. Cross-referencing and Interoperability: A well-defined Glossary facilitates cross-referencing between Guidelines and promotes interoperability between the Forum’s Chartered Working Groups as well as external systems, products, processes, and people that rely on mutual understanding of shared terminology. 

6. Feedback and Iterative Improvement: Building and maintaining a Glossary provides a framework for soliciting and receiving feedback from industry stakeholders and continuously improving the clarity and accuracy of the definitions over time. As new terms emerge or existing definitions evolve, the Glossary can be updated, ensuring that the Forum remains current and responsive to industry changes.


Following the passage of this ballot:


*	A new Definitions and Glossary Chartered Working Group will be formed under the CA/Browser Forum, as outlined in section 5.3.1 of the Bylaws;
*	A Mailing list(s), GitHub repository(ies), and Wiki resource(s) will be established as needed to enable the D&G WG to fulfill its charter;
*	The D&G WG will collaborate with other CWGs in the Forum as stipulated in the charter found below; and
*	The D&G WG will produce and maintain a Glossary document.




Establish Definitions and Glossary Working Group


Upon approval from the CA/Browser Forum by ballot in accordance with section 5.3 of the Forum Bylaws, the Definitions and Glossary Working Group (“DGWG”) is created to perform the activities as specified in the Charter as found here: https://github.com/cabforum/forum/compare/9805b6976e7a7ac391048d4eadb4379aa956110b...2b2b081a224031050aedf9404d9ce50344a468e8




The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:


Discussion (7+ days)


Start Time: 2024-Mar-21 15:00 UTC

End Time: 2024-April-4 14:59 UTC


Vote for approval (7 days)


Start Time: 2024-April-4 15:00 UTC

End Time: 2024-April-11 15:00 UTC

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