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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: 2019-Feb-15
Document File: 20 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G. Scott: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC2360: DOI

Abstract

This document is a guide for Internet standard writers. It defines those characteristics that make standards coherent, unambiguous, and easy to interpret. This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.

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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

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RFC 2360 Guide for Internet Standards Writers June 1998

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 8 Editor’s Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 9 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 10 Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

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