IAB official protocol standards (RFC1083)
Original Publication Date: 1988-Dec-01
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Network Working Group Internet Activities Board
Request for Comments: 1083 December 1988
IAB OFFICIAL PROTOCOL STANDARDS
Status of this Memo
This memo describes the state of standardization of protocols used in
the Internet as determined by the Internet Activities Board (IAB).
An overview of the standards procedures is presented first, followed
by discussions of the standardization process and the RFC document
series, then the explanation of the terms is presented, the lists of
protocols in each stage of standardization follows, and finally
pointers to references and contacts for further information.
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1. Overview of Standards Procedures
The Internet Activities Board maintains a list of documents that
define standards for the Internet protocol suite. It provides these
standards with the goal of co-ordinating the evolution of the
Internet protocols; this co-ordination has become quite important as
the Internet protocols are increasingly in general commercial use.
Protocol standards may be proposed by anyone in the Internet
community, by writing and submitting an RFC. In general, any
proposed protocol will be reviewed or developed in the context of
some Task Force of the IAB, or some working group within that Task
Force. The IAB will assign a proposed protocol to a working group if
official delegation is necessary.
The recommendation of the working group or task force is given major
consideration in the decision by the IAB to assign a state and status
to the protocol. The general policy is not to designate a protocol
as an official standard until there is implementation experience with
In cases where there is uncertainty as to the proper decision
concerning a protocol, the IAB may convene a special review committee
consisting of interested parties from the working group and members
of the IAB itself, with the purpose of recommending some explicit
action to the IAB.
It is possible to proceed with widespread implementation of a
standard without the approval of the IAB. For example, some vendor
standards have become very important to the Internet community even
though they have not been proposed or reviewed by the IAB. However,
the IAB strongly recommends that the IAB standards process be used in
the evolution of the protocol suite to maximize interoperability (and
to prevent incompatible protocol requirements from arising). The IAB
reserves the use of the term "standard" in any RFC to only those
protocols which the IAB has approv...