> HP and Microsoft have also jointly submitted a lightweight appliance
> recognition protocol, Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP), to the
> Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), as a proposed standard for
A Proposed Standard would mean something else entirely, and I'm not entirely
certain that it's *not* their intention to mislead. And nor does naming
something 'simple' make it so...
But that's speaking darkly. In all likelihood, regardless of technical merit,
the community is searching for multilateral fora outside Sun's Java process
to voice their concerns. IETF will still take a very dim view of APIs, but
protocols are just a dual of APIs (several APIs, actually, which is why it's
generally better to stdize the protocol) -- and so it may become that forum.
But now while people put out press releases about unsubmitted I-D's !
PS. Of course, don't confuse it with the current *inidividual* sumbission
http://www.normos.org/ietf/draft/draft-honton-sdp-02.txt , a Simple
*Server* Discovery Protocol (in which the author rediscovers the virtues of