Shepherd writeup

Salvatore Loreto is the document shepherd
Barry Leiba is the responsible Area Director.

We intend to publish the draft-ietf-hybi-permessage-compression-21 as a Proposed Standard as clearly indicate in the title page.
This document standardize a WebSocket Protocol extension.

This document does not change the status of any existing RFCs.
All references within this document have been identified as either normative or informative.

The IANA considerations section has been reviewed by the Shepherd, all the protocol
protocol extensions are associated with the appropriate reservations in IANA registries.
Any referenced IANA registries have been clearly identified. 
There are no  newly created IANA registries in this document. 

The author has confirmed conformance with BCPs 78 and 79.

Technical Summary
   This document defines a framework for creating WebSocket extensions
   that adds compression functionality to the WebSocket Protocol allowing
  to compresses the payload data portion of WebSocket data messages 
   on a per-message basis using parameters negotiated during the opening handshake. 
   The document also defines one specific compression extension using the
   DEFLATE algorithm.

Working Group Summary

The Compression extension has been discussed extensively within
the HyBi almost since the beginning of the WebSocket
standardization process, however at the time the wg decided, in
order to speed up the process and not increase even more the
discussion, not to standardize any extension in the main
WebSocket spec but postpone all of them. The initial version of
the draft was based on per-frame compression, but then in IETF84
meeting, in Vancouver, the HyBi WG discussed the change from
per-frame to per-message compression
The chairs sensed the WG’s consensus in the room to go ahead with
this change (

The wg hasn't faced any significant point of difficulty or controversial and the current
version has received a solid consensus from the wg.

The permessage compression extension (as described in the draft-ietf-hybi-permessage-compression-21)
has been already implemented in Chrome, Jetty and other running websocket stacks.

Document Quality
The previous versions of the document was quite cryptic  in several part making really
difficult to be easily read and understood by people not completely familiar with the
WebSocket protocol and people who didn't follow the technical discussion in the mailing list.
There has been a large effort to improve the document from editorial point of view helping
the authors with people having the English as native language. 

While there has been quite a lot of energy during the technical discussion
in the last year the wg has lost energy and has been quite a challenge to find people to commit on review the 
document and finalize it from and editorial point of view. Mainly due to the fact people have been busy
with the definition of HTTP/2 standard and more interested to discuss how to define WebSocket over
HTTP/2 then to spend time on polishing the previous specifications.
The shepherd has worked with the authors and another couple of volunteers from the working group
 to help the author to polish the draft.

The shepherd does not have any concerns about the depth of the reviews that have been performed.

Other Points
The draft reference as Informative: RFC1951 "DEFLATE Compressed
Data Format Specification version 1.3" that appear in the DOWNREF
The NIT check also list the following warning:

  == Using lowercase 'not' together with uppercase 'MUST', 'SHALL', 'SHOULD',
     or 'RECOMMENDED' is not an accepted usage according to RFC 2119.  Please
     use uppercase 'NOT' together with RFC 2119 keywords (if that is what you
     Found 'MUST not' in this paragraph:
     A server declining all offered PMCEs MUST not include any element
     with PMCE names.  If a server responds with no PMCE element in the
     "Sec-WebSocket-Extensions" header, both endpoints proceed without
     Per-message Compression once _the WebSocket Connection is established_.