Advancement of Application Programming Interface specifications on the IETF Standards Track

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The Internet Standards Process [RFC2026] requires that all IETF Standards Track specifications must have 'multiple, independent, and interoperable implementations' before they can be advanced beyond Proposed Standard status. This document specifies the test which the IESG will use to determine if an Application Programming Interface (API) specification document meets these requirements. It also discusses the rationale for this process.


Brian Pawlowski (

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