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Guide for Internet Standards Writers (RFC2360)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002931D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 17 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G. Scott: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document is a guide for Internet standard writers. It defines those characteristics that make standards coherent, unambiguous, and easy to interpret. In addition, it singles out usage believed to have led to unclear specifications, resulting in non-interoperable interpretations in the past. These guidelines are to be used with RFC 2223, "Instructions to RFC Authors".

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Network Working Group G. Scott, Editor

Request for Comments: 2360 Defense Information Systems Agency

BCP: 22 June 1998

Category: Best Current Practice

Guide for Internet Standards Writers

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.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document is a guide for Internet standard writers. It defines

those characteristics that make standards coherent, unambiguous, and

easy to interpret. In addition, it singles out usage believed to

have led to unclear specifications, resulting in non-interoperable

interpretations in the past. These guidelines are to be used with

RFC 2223, "Instructions to RFC Authors".

Table of Contents

1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2 General Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2.1 Discussion of Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

2.2 Protocol Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

2.3 Target Audience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

2.4 Level of Detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

2.5 Change Logs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.6 Protocol Versions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.7 Decision History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.8 Response to Out of Specification Behavior . . . . . . . . . 6

2.9 The Liberal/Conservative Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2.10 Handling of Protocol Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

2.11 Indicating Requirement Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2.12 Notational Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2.13 IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

2.14 Network Management Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

2.15 Scalability Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

2.16 Network Stability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

2.17 Internationalization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

2.18 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

3 Specific Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

3.1 Packet Diagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

3.2 Summary Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

3.3 State Machine Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

4 Document Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

5 Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

7 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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