Stuff I didn’t Get to Write About

MetalinkMetalink is a document format for file download metadata. If you ever downloaded a large file or a LINUX distribution, you probably used a download manager. These are useful applications which help deal with the problems of downloading large files over sometimes unreliable networks. What Metalink does is help clients find the best place to grab a file from, and recover when needed. The community behind Metalink decided to publish their work as an IETF specification, which is now pending Last Call. Feedback is always appreciated.

Two weeks ago the Open Web Foundation reached its first non-bureaucratic milestone, the release of the Open Web Foundation Agreement 0.9. The agreement is the first building block created to help open web communities reach wider adoption by putting their work on sound legal grounds. The next steps are to form a new legal affairs committee and get going on creating a Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

John Panzer, one of my favorite collaborators, came up with a cool new protocol with a simple mission: get comments back to where they belong, where the content originally came from. Salmon is a new proposal for aggregators and other content sharing sites to feed comments left locally back to the original source. This will help reduce the problem of fragmented conversations and the lack of long term access to the community distributed conversation. And its using the discovery stack.

HTML5 started as a gigantic effort to “fix the web”. That included everything needed to make developing web applications predictable and consistent across browsers and other clients (e.g. search engines). One of these items is dealing with the somewhat broken state of cookies. This piece of the puzzle is now being proposed as an IETF working group called HTTP-State. They have a proposed charter and looking for feedback.