The Internet Standards Process

The way that technical standards are developed for the Internet might seem arcane from the outside looking in, but this process is eminently logical, and it has served the Internet well for years. This process is documented in the IETF's RFC 2026, which is also currently the Internet's BCP #9. This document can be accessed at

If the terms RFC and BCP are alien to you, read on. The remainder of this chapter is devoted to helping you understand the inner workings of this vital function. The roles of Internet drafts, RFCs, STDs (standards), and BCPs are all explored and explained.

Internet Draft

Virtually every standard published by the IETF starts out as an Internet draft or I-D or just ...

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