Categorization and guide to NWG/RFCs (RFC0100)
Original Publication Date: 1971-Feb-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jan-29
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
The NWG/RFC Guide is an attempt to introduce some order into the NWG/RFC series, which now numbers 102. The Guide categorizes the NWG/RFC notes, identifies topics under discussion and the relevant NWG/RFCs, and indicates whether the notes are current, obsolete, or superseded.
Network Working Group P. Karp
Request for Comments: XXXX MITRE
NIC: 5761 26 February 1971
Categorization and Guide to NWG/RFCs
The NWG/RFC Guide is an attempt to introduce some order into the
NWG/RFC series, which now numbers 102. The Guide categorizes the
NWG/RFC notes, identifies topics under discussion and the relevant
NWG/RFCs, and indicates whether the notes are current, obsolete, or
A minimum subset of NWG/RFCs is identified. This subset consists of
the NWG/RFCs that one should read to quickly become familiar with the
current status of topics.
For historical reasons and for readers interested in tracing through
the stages of development of a topic, a brief summary is given for
each NWG/RFC relevant to a particular category.
This initial Guide is being issued as a NWG/RFC since it establishes
the basis for future releases. So, please comment! Suggestions,
criticism, corrections, etc., will be accepted for a period of
approximately two weeks. Be critical as I have not had to implement
an NCP and probably have some misconceptions regarding various
technical points. An official version will be released on March 26.
The Guide will then be a unique series of documents, separate from
NWG/RFCs (as is the Document No. 1, No. 2 series).
With regard to renumbering NWG/RFCs, I am inclined to keep she
sequential numbering scheme presently employed. The main reason for
this position is that the current numbers have both historical and
semantic significance. For example, reference to "#33, #66, #83,
etc." is a convenient shorthand (reminiscent of the old corny joke
about joke #s) used extensively during meetings. The list of
"current status" NWG/RFC numbers should dispel any fear of
maintaining stacks of NWG/RFCs for quick reference. The subject is
not closed, however, and I will entertain any objections,
GUIDE TO NETWORK WORKING GROUP/REQUEST FOR COMMENTS
The NWG/RFC notes are partitioned into 9 categories, which in turn
are divided into subcategories. For each category the official
document (if any), unresolved issues, and documents to be published
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RFC 100 Categorization & Guide to NWG/RFC's 26 February 1971
For each subcategory, relevant NWG/RFCs are listed and a brief
description of the topics addressed in each note is given.
The categories are again listed and the current NWG/RFCs identified
(p. 23). The NWG/RFCs in the list comprise the subset defining
"current status". Note that most of the documentation in the subset
addresses topics in Category D - Subsystem Level Protocol, where at
the present time most issues are unresolved.
Finally, the NWG/RFCs are listed by number, with a reference to the
relevant categories (p. 26).
A.1 Distribution list
NWG/RFC #s: 3, 10, 16, 24, 27, 30, 37, 52, 69, 95
The distribution list contains names, addresses, and phone numbers
for recipients of NWG/RFCs. The most recent list, NWG/RFC 95,
designates the Technical Liaison as the recipie...