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From: Greg Colvin (gcolvin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-03-10 19:47:54

Thanks for the explanation. The process seems to me well
within the "Spirit of Boost" -- as close to informal as
possible, but no closer ;->

From: "Beman Dawes" <bdawes_at_[hidden]>
> At 03:02 PM 3/7/2002, Greg Colvin wrote:
> >Don't forget that any committee member is free
> >to propose any library for standardization,
> >independently of whatever Boost does.
> Yes, and those proposals will get added to the TR Proposals list along with
> the Boost originated proposals.
> >I still wonder if it appropriate for Boost, per
> >se, to propose libraries, or whether that should
> >be left to individuals with the courage and
> >committment required to shepard their little
> >flock through the valley of the shadow of death.
> It is a multi-step process. The first step is a short presentation to the
> LWG to see what the level of interested is, and what the concerns are. If
> the developers are present, they will do the presentation and answer
> questions. Otherwise one of the Boost folks will do it. I try to post
> reactions so Boost members know how a library was received.
> The second step is actually writing the full detailed proposal, including
> proposed text for the TR. Someone, usually the developers, is going to
> have to do that themselves. For example, John Maddock has written a really
> nice detailed proposal for Type Traits.
> Part of the idea behind Boost was to broaden the base of developers
> contributing to the C++ standard library. And that includes developers who
> cannot attend meetings, for whatever reason. As long as they are willing
> to do the work on detailed proposals for their libraries, several Boosters
> who attend LWG meetings are willing to act as proxies for purposes of
> discussion.
> So really the proposals aren't "Boost Proposals." They are proposals from
> Boost developers, with other Boost members helping with the procedural
> details. This is intended to make proposals from non-committee members
> more practical.
> --Beman
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