Re: [LEAPSECS] WP7A press release

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 13:21:48 +0100

In message <>, Rob Seaman writes:

>The attached WP7A press release states that the working party has
>decided that more time is required to build consensus. It does not,
>however, suggest that any other proposals will be entertained.

Neither does it in any way bar new proposals.

I don't think there is even anything in the WP7A rules that would
allow them to bar new proposals, provided these were submitted

But I think you read their message wrong.

I don't think they said "We'll try to build concensus".

As I read it, they more or less told USA that their proposal was
nice and all that, but that since it did not come with a concensus
or majority, they ain't going to touch it.

The to weight, as I understand it, is therefore on USA and the
leap-second aware computer people.

With respect to the secrecy and lack of awareness of the ITU standards
I can only agree: IETF proved that standards work a lot better
when anyone easily can get hold of them and everybody can afford
to read them.


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