IAB Official Protocol Standards
RFC 1250

Document Type RFC - Historic (August 1991; No errata)
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Obsoletes RFC 1200
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Network Working Group                          Internet Activities Board
Request for Comments: 1250                             J. Postel, Editor
Obsoletes: RFCs 1200,                                        August 1991
1100, 1083, 1130, 1140

                    IAB OFFICIAL PROTOCOL STANDARDS

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.

Table of Contents

   Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
   1.  The Standardization Process  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
   2.  The Request for Comments Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   3.  Other Reference Documents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   3.1.  Assigned Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   3.2.  Annotated Internet Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   3.3.  Gateway Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   3.4.  Host Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   3.5.  The MIL-STD Documents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   4.  Explanation of Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   4.1.  Definitions of Protocol State  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
   4.1.1.  Standard Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
   4.1.2.  Draft Standard Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   4.1.3.  Proposed Standard Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   4.1.4.  Experimental Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   4.1.5.  Informational Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   4.1.6.  Historic Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   4.2.  Definitions of Protocol Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
   4.2.1.  Required Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
   4.2.2.  Recommended Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   4.2.3.  Elective Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   4.2.4.  Limited Use Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   4.2.5.  Not Recommended Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   5.  The Standards Track  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   5.1.  The RFC Processing Decision Table  . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   5.2.  The Standards Track Diagram  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   6.  The Protocols  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   6.1.  Recent Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   6.1.1.  New RFCs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   6.1.2.  Other Changes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

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RFC 1250                     IAB Standards                   August 1991

   6.2.  Standard Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   6.3.  Network-Specific Standard Protocols  . . . . . . . . . .  19
   6.4.  Draft Standard Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
   6.5.  Proposed Standard Protocols  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   6.6.  Telnet Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
   6.7.  Experimental Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
   6.8.  Informational Protocols  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
   6.9.  Historic Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
   7.  Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
   7.1.  IAB, IETF, and IRTF Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
   7.1.1.  Internet Activities Board (IAB) Contact  . . . . . . .  24
   7.1.2.  Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Contact . . . .  25
   7.1.3.  Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Contact  . . . . .  25
   7.2.  Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Contact . . .  26
   7.3.  Request for Comments Editor Contact  . . . . . . . . . .  27
   7.4.  Network Information Center Contact . . . . . . . . . . .  27
   7.5.  Other Sources for Requests for Comments  . . . . . . . .  28
   8.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
   9.  Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28

Introduction

   Discussion of the standardization process and the RFC document series
   is presented first, followed by an explanation of the terms.
   Sections 6.2 - 6.9 contain the lists of protocols in each stage of
   standardization.  Finally come pointers to references and contacts
   for further information.

   This memo is intended to be issued quarterly; please be sure the copy
   you are reading is current.  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 edition after 30-Nov-91.

   See Section 6.1 for a description of recent changes.  In the official
   lists in sections 6.2 - 6.9, an asterisk (*) next to a protocol
   denotes that it is new to this document or has been moved from one
   protocol level to another.
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