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The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3 (RFC2026)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002580D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 28 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Bradner: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo documents the process used by the Internet community for the standardization of protocols and procedures. It defines the stages in the standardization process, the requirements for moving a document between stages and the types of documents used during this process. It also addresses the intellectual property rights and copyright issues associated with the standards process.

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Network Working Group S. Bradner

Request for Comments: 2026 Harvard University

BCP: 9 October 1996

Obsoletes: 1602

Category: Best Current Practice

The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the

Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This memo documents the process used by the Internet community for

the standardization of protocols and procedures. It defines the

stages in the standardization process, the requirements for moving a

document between stages and the types of documents used during this

process. It also addresses the intellectual property rights and

copyright issues associated with the standards process.

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION....................................................2

1.1 Internet Standards...........................................3

1.2 The Internet Standards Process...............................3

1.3 Organization of This Document................................5

2. INTERNET STANDARDS-RELATED PUBLICATIONS.........................5

2.1 Requests for Comments (RFCs).................................5

2.2 Internet-Drafts..............................................7

3. INTERNET STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS................................8

3.1 Technical Specification (TS).................................8

3.2 Applicability Statement (AS).................................8

3.3 Requirement Levels...........................................9

4. THE INTERNET STANDARDS TRACK...................................10

4.1 Standards Track Maturity Levels.............................11

4.1.1 Proposed Standard.......................................11

4.1.2 Draft Standard..........................................12

4.1.3 Internet Standard.......................................13

4.2 Non-Standards Track Maturity Levels.........................13

4.2.1 Experimental............................................13

4.2.2 Informational...........................................14

4.2.3 Procedures for Experimental and Informational RFCs......14

4.2.4 Historic................................................15

5. Best Current Practice (BCP) RFCs...............................15

5.1 BCP Review Process..........................................16

6. THE INTERNET STANDARDS PROCESS.................................17

6.1 Standards Actions...........................................17

6.1.1 Initiation of Action....................................17

6.1.2 IESG Review and Approval................................17

6.1.3 Publication.............................................18

6.2 Advancing in the...