Request for comments on Request for Comments: Instructions to RFC authors (RFC1111)
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
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Network Working Group J. Postel
Request for Comments: 1111 ISI
Obsoletes: 825 August 1989
Request for Comments on Request for Comments
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