Handling and Adoption of Internet-Drafts by IETF Working Groups

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Authors Adrian Farrel  , Dave Crocker  , Brian Carpenter  , Fernando Gont  , Michael Richardson 
Last updated 2021-05-02 (latest revision 2020-10-29)
Replaces draft-carpenter-gendispatch-draft-adoption
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The productive output of an IETF working group is documents, as mandated by the working group's charter. When a working group is ready to develop a particular document, the most common mechanism is for it to "adopt" an existing document as a starting point. The document that a working group adopts and then develops further is based on initial input at varying levels of maturity. An initial working group draft might be a document already in wide use, or it might be a blank sheet, wholly created by the working group, or it might represent any level of maturity in between. This document discusses how a working group typically handles the formal documents that it targets for publication.


Adrian Farrel (adrian@olddog.co.uk)
Dave Crocker (dcrocker@bbiw.net)
Brian Carpenter (brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com)
Fernando Gont (fgont@si6networks.com)
Michael Richardson (mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca)

(Note: The e-mail addresses provided for the authors of this Internet-Draft may no longer be valid.)