IAB official protocol standards (RFC1130)
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: AUTHOR [+2]
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.
Network Working Group Internet Activities Board
Request for Comments: 1130 J. Postel, Editor
Obsoletes: RFCs 1100, 1083 October 1989
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).
Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
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.
This memo is issued quarterly, please be sure the copy you are
reading is dated within the last three months. Current copies may be
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this memo). Do not use this memo after 31-Jan-90.
See Section 6.1 for a description of recent changes.
1. Overview of Standards Procedures
The Internet Activities Board maintains a list of documents that
define standards for the Internet protocol suite (see RFC-1120 for an
explanation of the role and organization of the IAB). The IAB
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
Protocol standards may be suggested by anyone in the Internet
community, by writing and submitting an RFC. In general, any
suggested protocol will be reviewed or developed in the context of
some Task Force of the IAB, or some research group or working group
within that Task Force. The IAB will assign a suggested protocol to
a working group or research group if official delegation is
Given the important role of the Internet Engineering Task Force in
the evolution of the Internet Architecture, all proposed protocols
will be reviewed by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG)
which is composed of the Technical Area Directors.
The recommendation of the IESG and working group or research group is
given major consideration in the decision by the IAB to assign a
state and status to the protocol. The general policy is to gain
implementation experience with a protocol before considering a
possible designation as an official standard.
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.
A few protocols have achieved widespread im...