rfc:template

PHP RFC: Your Title Here

  • Version: 0.9
  • Date: 2013-02-24 (use today's date here)
  • Author: Your Name, your_email_address@example.com
  • Status: Draft (or Under Discussion or Accepted or Declined)

This is a suggested template for PHP Request for Comments (RFCs). Change this template to suit your RFC. Not all RFCs need to be tightly specified. Not all RFCs need all the sections below. Read https://wiki.php.net/rfc/howto carefully!

Quoting Rasmus:

PHP is and should remain:
1) a pragmatic web-focused language
2) a loosely typed language
3) a language which caters to the skill-levels and platforms of a wide range of users

Your RFC should move PHP forward following his vision. As said by Zeev Suraski “Consider only features which have significant traction to a large chunk of our userbase, and not something that could be useful in some extremely specialized edge cases […] Make sure you think about the full context, the huge audience out there, the consequences of making the learning curve steeper with every new feature, and the scope of the goodness that those new features bring.”

Introduction

The elevator pitch for the RFC.

Proposal

All the features and examples of the proposal.

To paraphrase Zeev Suraski, explain hows the proposal brings substantial value to be considered for inclusion in one of the world's most popular programming languages.

Remember that the RFC contents should be easily reusable in the PHP Documentation.

Backward Incompatible Changes

What breaks, and what is the justification for it?

Proposed PHP Version(s)

List the proposed PHP versions that the feature will be included in. Use relative versions such as “next PHP 5.x” or “next PHP 5.x.y”.

RFC Impact

To SAPIs

Describe the impact to CLI, Development web server, embedded PHP etc.

To Existing Extensions

Will existing extensions be affected?

New Constants

Describe any new constants so they can be accurately and comprehensively explained in the PHP documentation.

php.ini Defaults

If there are any php.ini settings then list:

  • hardcoded default values
  • php.ini-development values
  • php.ini-production values

Open Issues

Make sure there are no open issues when the vote starts!

Unaffected PHP Functionality

List existing areas/features of PHP that will not be changed by the RFC.

This helps avoid any ambiguity, shows that you have thought deeply about the RFC's impact, and helps reduces mail list noise.

Future Scope

This sections details areas where the feature might be improved in future, but that are not currently proposed in this RFC.

Proposed Voting Choices

Include these so readers know where you are heading and can discuss the proposed voting options.

State whether this project requires a 2/3 or 50%+1 majority (see voting)

Patches and Tests

Links to any external patches and tests go here.

If there is no patch, make it clear who will create a patch, or whether a volunteer to help with implementation is needed.

Make it clear if the patch is intended to be the final patch, or is just a prototype.

Implementation

After the project is implemented, this section should contain

  1. the version(s) it was merged to
  2. a link to the git commit(s)
  3. a link to the PHP manual entry for the feature

References

Links to external references, discussions or RFCs

Rejected Features

Keep this updated with features that were discussed on the mail lists.

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