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Introduction to the STD Notes (RFC1311)

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Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 5 page(s) / 11K

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J. Postel: AUTHOR

Abstract

The STDs are a subseries of notes within the RFC series that are the Internet standards. The intent is to identify clearly for the Internet community those RFCs which document Internet standards.

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Network Working Group Internet Activities Board

Request for Comments: 1311 J. Postel, Editor

March 1992

Introduction to the STD Notes

Status of this Memo

This RFC describes a new sub-series of RFCs, called STDs (Standards).

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1. Introduction

The STDs are a subseries of notes within the RFC series that are the

Internet standards. The intent is to identify clearly for the

Internet community those RFCs which document Internet standards.

2. The Assignment of STD Numbers

There is a need to be very clear about which specifications have

completed the full process of standardization in the Internet. To do

this an STD number will be assigned to a specification when it

reaches the Standard maturity level. Note that specifications may be

either Technical Specifications (TS) or Applicability Statements

(AS).

When a specification reaches the final stage of the standardization

process and the IAB has designated it a standard for the Internet, an

STD number will be assigned to that specification.

The existing standards have been assigned STD numbers (see Appendix).

The standard for a particular protocol will always have the same STD

number.

If at some future time a protocol is reworked and a new document

is produced as the specification of that standard and the new

specification is designated by the IAB as a standard for the

Internet, then the new document will be labeled with the same STD

number (of course, that new document will have a new RFC number).

Multiple Documents for One Standard:

A STD number identifies a standard not a document. A document is

identified by its RFC number. If the specification of a standard

is spread over several documents they will each carry the same STD

number.

For example, the Domain Name System (DNS) is currently

specified by the combination of RFCs 1034 and 1035. Both of

these documents are now labeled STD-13.

To be completely clear the DNS "Concepts and Facilities"

document can be referenced as "STD-13/RFC-1034".

In such cases, whenever possible, the set of documents defining a

particular standard will cross reference each other.

One Standard or Multiple Standards:

One difficult decision is deciding whether a set of documents

describe one standard or multiple standards. In the Appendix, one

can see that there are several cases in which one STD applies to

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