List of Internet Official Protocol Standards: Replaced by an Online Database

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Internet-Draft                                                 S. Ginoza
Category: Informational                                              AMS
                                                          September 2013

             List of Internet Official Protocol Standards:
                     Replaced by an Online Database


   At one time, the RFC Editor published snapshots of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards".  These documents were known as xx00
   documents, the last of which was published in May 2008.  These
   snapshots have been replaced by an online database.  The RFC Editor
   provides an up-to-date list on the RFC Editor website and will no
   longer be publishing these snapshots as RFCs.

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1.  Introduction

   [RFC1083], published in December 1988, was the first document
   published in the RFC series that detailed a "list of documents that
   define the standards for the Internet protocol suite" and any ongoing
   experiments.  Snapshots were published from time to time.  [RFC1280]
   was the first of these publications to be published as STD 1.
   Starting with [RFC2200], RFC numbers ending with 00 were reserved for
   snapshots of the Official Protocol Standards.  [RFC5000], published
   in May 2008, was the last snapshot documented in an RFC.  This
   document notes that the xx00 documents are being replaced by the
   online resource provided by the RFC Editor, and the tradition of
   publishing snapshots is being discontinued.  RFC numbers typically
   reserved for these documents (i.e., those numbers ending with 00)
   will be available for assignment to other RFCs-to-be.

2.  Online List of Official Internet Protocol Standards

   In the past, publishing a snapshot of the current list of Standards
   Track and Experimental documents was helpful to the Internet
   community, as the information was not available otherwise.  In 1996,
   [RFC2026] documented the IETF's desire for the periodic publication
   of the "Internet Official Protocol Standards".  However, in 2000, the
   RFC Editor produced an online list that is dynamically updated and
   available to individuals with access to the public Internet [STDS-
   TRK].  As the list has been online for over 10 years, and the IETF
   has indicated that they no longer see a need for the snapshot
   document to be maintained [RETIRE-STD1], the official list of
   Standards Track and Experimental documents will now provided by the
   online list.

3.  STD 1

   STD 1 has been in an abnormal state since RFC 5000 was published.
   After consultation with the IAB, RFC 5000 was published as an
   Informational document, but it was still identified as STD 1 in the
   document header.  The status was listed as Informational, because the
   document does not describe an implementable Standard.  However, it
   was associated with STD 1 to keep the document consistent with its
   historic connection to the subseries identifier.

   The IETF has decided to move RFC 5000 (and therefore STD 1) to
   Historic status [RETIRE-STD1].  Marking STD 1 as Historic will result
   in identifier STD 1 not being available for future use.

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4.  Cleaning Up RFC Editor Data

   As part of the cleanup related to ending the series of RFC xx00
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