2.8.2 Web Elucidation of Internet-Related Developments (weird)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 45th IETF Meeting in Oslo, Norway. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 15-Jun-99


Christopher Burke <ccb007@NAmerica.mot.com>

User Services Area Director(s):

April Marine <april_marine@iengines.net>

User Services Area Advisor:

April Marine <april_marine@iengines.net>

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Description of Working Group:

The WEIRD working group will develop a set of web pages. The target audience is people new to the IETF and other Internet generalists. Content within the scope of the group includes: current IETF WG and BOF activities, dependencies and interrelationships among specific IETF WG and BOF activities, BOF historical information, IAB / IESG / Secretariat issues and topics of interest and their impact.

Content specifically out of scope includes: information interpreting trends in Internet engineering and standards; IETF-related information that is editorial in nature.

It is thought that by starting with concrete information of general interest related to a topic the WG knows well (IETF activities), the concept of doing web pages would be well-tested. Future evaluations of the process could address the question of re-examining the audience or content scope.

Web content will be developed in collaboration with the IETF Secretariat using a mix of new material and material from existing Web pages and FYI documents. Information will be presented in an online format suitable for the casual Internet user, combining text and illustration.

In order to create a historic archive of the online data and to make it more accessible to users who may have difficulty with online access, the working group will capture at least one snapshot of the web pages and publish it as an FYI RFC.

Goals and Milestones:

May 99


Finalize outline for pages and prioritize sections

Jul 99


Formally solicit feedback regarding progress to date

Jul 99


Review progress, outline and prioritization of tasks and

Nov 99


Formally solicit feedback regarding progress to date

Nov 99


Review outline and prioritization of tasks and revise if necessary

Feb 00


Create hardcopy version and submit as Internet-Draft

Mar 00


Submit hardcopy version for RFC publication

Jul 00


Review progress and make decision to disband or re-charter

No Current Internet-Drafts
No Request For Comments

Current Meeting Report

Minutes from Weird WG Meeting - 14 July 1999
Reported by Ray Plzak

1. The working group charter was presented and explained.

2. The scope of activity was explained. The scope is limited to factual information relating to IETF WGs and BOFs. Specultive information will not be posted.

3. The name of the WEIRD group's web site was dicussed. Characteristics of the site name are dependent on target audience, reachability from IETF home page, and discoverability from a search engine. The web site name will be a third level domain of the IETF.ORG domain. The name will be something like "info" or "digest" or some similar name that will convey the idea of a repository of information.

4. Page design was discussed. The page will be an IETF content page not a WG page. The design template submitted by Darin Jones (http://www.ravenrock.net/usv/weird.html was deemed to be a suitable functional layout. Line length will not be more than 60 characters because of human factors. A site map needs to be developed. Initial design team volunteers are April Marine and Bob Quinn. Darin Jones will be asked to participate. Others may volunteer from the list. The size of the design team will be limited to no more than 5 or 6.

5. Content was discussed. The target audience is people who are either new to the IETF or are internet generalists. The scope of the content is:

Hits on various items will be tracked to aid in determining the usefullness of the item.

The web page will be put up with a statement that this is work in progress and is initially put up to get information out to the internet community but will be improved over time. Ideas for improvement will be solicited in this statement.

Items will be identified as either no/low maintenance and required maintenance. The no/low maintenance items will consist primarily links to other pages. Maintenance required items will require the participation of the Secretariat.

A list of specific content to work on first was discussed. Three items were selected for immediate action. Those three are:

Other things to do but for which no implementation schedule was established are: