Proposal: [71] Revised Proposal Process


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PeterKnaggsavatar of PeterKnaggs [71] Revised Proposal ProcessProposal2018-09-21 06:49:42


  • Andrew Haley
  • Peter Knaggs
  • Leon Wagner
  • Gerald Wodni

Change Log

  • 14/09/2018 Text worked out in workshop at the 2018 Forth Standards Meeting


Now that the proposal process has been moved onto the Proposal Process no longer describes the process.


Replace the Proposal Process in the front-matter of the document with a new process that correctly describes the revised process of proposing change via this site.


Replace the text of the Proposal Process in the front-matter with the following:

Proposals Process

This section documents the official process for submission of proposals for changes to the standard.

  1. A proponent of an extension to the standard writes a proposal (previously known as a request for discussion or RfD).

    If the proposal only proposes the rewording of the document, without requiring implementation changes, the proposal should be published as a wording change (previously known as a request for comment or RfC).

  2. The proponent publishes the proposal on by contributing to a word definition or chapter if applicable, or directly to the proposals section.

    Be warned, this will generate a lot of heated discussion.

    In order for the results to be available in time for a standards meeting, an proposal should be published at least twelve weeks before the next meeting.

  3. Proponents can submit updated proposals, taking any comments into consideration, by replying to their own proposals and marking them as new versions.

  4. Once a proposal has settled down, the proponent submits it to the committee for review by selecting the "Submit for review" button on the proposal's web page.

    The committee reviews the proposal and either requests changes or takes it to the next stage. For a simple change of wording the proposal is frozen and considered at the next committee meeting. For an extension proposal a poll is conducted (previously known as a Call for Votes or CfV).

    The poll allows system implementors to state whether their systems implement the proposal or if it ever will. The poll also allows programmers to state whether they have used something similar to the proposed extension and if they would use it once it is standardized.

    The results of the poll are used by the standards committee when deciding whether to accept the proposal into the standards document. In order for the results to be available in time for a standards meeting, the poll should be started at least six weeks prior to that meeting.

  5. A proposal is only accepted into the new document by consensus of those members present at a standards meeting. If the proponent cannot attend the meeting, they should ask somebody who is attending to champion the proposal on their behalf.

    There are three possible outcomes from the committees consideration:

    • If the committee feels the proposal has merit and wants to encourage experimentation the committee can promote it to an experimental proposal.

    • If the proposal is accepted, it is incorporated into the document.

      The editor may request clarification from the proponent. Any further discussion requires a new proposal.

    • If the proposal is not accepted, the committee may refer it back to its proponents.

Should a contributor consider their comments to have been dismissed without due consideration, they are encouraged to submit a counter proposal.

The Proposal

In the initial proposal, some issues could be left undecided, leaving them open for discussion. These issues should be mentioned in the Problem or Solution section as well as in the Proposal section.

If you want to leave something open to the system implementor, make that explicit, e.g., by making it implementation dependent.

A proposal should include the following sections.


The name of the author(s) of the proposal.

Change Log:

A list of changes to the last published edition on the proposal.


This states what problem the proposal addresses.


A short informal description of the proposed solution to the problem identified by the proposal.

This gives the rationale for specific decisions you have taken in the proposal (often in response to comments), or discusses specific issues that have not been decided yet.

Typical use: (Optional)

Shows a typical use of the word or feature proposed; this should make the formal wording easier to understand.


This should enumerate the changes to the document.

For the wording of word definitions, use existing word definitions as a template. Where possible, include the rationale for the definition.

Reference implementation:

This makes it easier for system implementors to adopt the proposal. Where possible, the reference implementation should be provided in standard Forth. Where this is not possible because system specific knowledge is required or non-standard words are used, this should be documented.

Testing: (Optional)

This should test the words or features introduced by the proposal, in particular, it should test boundary conditions. Test cases should work with the test harness in Appendix F.

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