IAB official protocol standards
RFC 1130

Document Type RFC - Historic (October 1989; No errata)
Obsoleted by RFC 1140
Obsoletes RFC 1100
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Network Working Group                          Internet Activities Board
Request for Comments: 1130                             J. Postel, Editor
Obsoletes: RFCs 1100, 1083                                  October 1989


Status of this Memo

   This memo describes the state of standardization of protocols used in
   the Internet as determined by the Internet Activities Board (IAB).
   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.


   An overview of the standards procedures is presented first, followed
   by discussions of the standardization process and the RFC document
   series, then the explanation of the terms is presented, the lists of
   protocols in each stage of standardization follows, and finally
   pointers to references and contacts for further information.

   This memo is issued quarterly, please be sure the copy you are
   reading is dated within the last three months.  Current copies may be
   obtained from the Network Information Center or from the Internet
   Assigned Numbers Authority (see the contact information at the end of
   this memo).  Do not use this memo after 31-Jan-90.

   See Section 6.1 for a description of recent changes.

1.  Overview of Standards Procedures

   The Internet Activities Board maintains a list of documents that
   define standards for the Internet protocol suite (see RFC-1120 for an
   explanation of the role and organization of the IAB).  The IAB
   provides these standards with the goal of co-ordinating the evolution
   of the Internet protocols; this co-ordination has become quite
   important as the Internet protocols are increasingly in general
   commercial use.

   Protocol standards may be suggested by anyone in the Internet
   community, by writing and submitting an RFC.  In general, any
   suggested protocol will be reviewed or developed in the context of
   some Task Force of the IAB, or some research group or working group
   within that Task Force.  The IAB will assign a suggested protocol to
   a working group or research group if official delegation is

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   Given the important role of the Internet Engineering Task Force in
   the evolution of the Internet Architecture, all proposed protocols
   will be reviewed by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG)
   which is composed of the Technical Area Directors.

   The recommendation of the IESG and working group or research group is
   given major consideration in the decision by the IAB to assign a
   state and status to the protocol.  The general policy is to gain
   implementation experience with a protocol before considering a
   possible designation as an official standard.

   In cases where there is uncertainty as to the proper decision
   concerning a protocol, the IAB may convene a special review committee
   consisting of interested parties from the working group and members
   of the IAB itself, with the purpose of recommending some explicit
   action to the IAB.

   A few protocols have achieved widespread implementation without the
   approval of the IAB.  For example, some vendor protocols have become
   very important to the Internet community even though they have not
   been proposed or reviewed by the IAB.  However, the IAB strongly
   recommends that the IAB standards process be used in the evolution of
   the protocol suite to maximize interoperability (and to prevent
   incompatible protocol requirements from arising).  The IAB reserves
   the use of the term "standard" in any RFC to only those protocols
   which the IAB has approved.

2.  The Standardization Process

   Anyone can invent a protocol, document it, implement it, test it, and
   so on.  The IAB believes that it is very useful to document a
   protocol at an early stage to promote suggestions from others
   interested in the functionality the of protocol and from those
   interested in protocol design.  Once a protocol is implemented and
   tested it is useful to report the results.  The RFC document series
   is the preferred place for publishing these protocol documents and
   testing results.

   The IAB encourages the documenting of every protocol developed in the
   Internet (that is, the publication of the protocol specification as
   an RFC), even if it is never intended that the protocol become an
   Internet standard.  A protocol that is not intended to become a
   standard is called "experimental".

   Protocols that are intended to become standards are first designated
   as "proposed" protocols.  It is expected that while in this state the
   protocol will be implemented and tested by several groups.  It is
   likely that an improved version of the protocol will result from this

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