[Openid-specs-ab] IANA Registry

Anthony Nadalin tonynad at microsoft.com
Thu Aug 18 16:55:42 UTC 2011

Section 11.2 of the OAuth spec defines the registry.  When the IESG approves the document (or sometimes during IETF last call), IANA will review it and confirm the actions they'll take (they check with the doc editors).  Once it's confirmed, they create the registry but they don't release it until the RFC is published.  At that point, registrations can be made according to instructions in section 11.2.

Those instructions specify that one posts a message to a TBD mailing list, where requests will be reviewed.  The instructions give a template for the initial message.  The IESG appoints a "designated expert", who reviews the documentation for the parameter(s) requested, and approves it or not, based on her expertise and input from the mailing-list discussion.

It's all meant to be lightweight.  The OpenID folks need to provide a stable document that describes the option(s), and the IESG usually appoints an expert the first time a review is needed
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