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Categorization and guide to NWG/RFCs (RFC0100) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004864D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-10
Document File: 37 page(s) / 42K

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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identifies topics under discussion and the relevant NWG/RFCs, and indicates whether the notes are current, obsolete, or superseded.

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, suggestions, etc.


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 are identified.

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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...