Where to Find Internet Standards

When the IETF publishes a standard, it creates a document called an RFC (Request For Comments). There are actually several types of RFCs, only one of which defines a standard. The other types are Best Current Practices, Experimental, Historical, and Informational. In other words, in addition to defining Internet standards, the IETF publishes information on how best to use the standards and also provides other interesting information.

An RFC passes through three stages: proposed standard, draft standard, and standard. For an RFC to be a proposed standard, it must be complete—no holes remaining to be fleshed out. You must also be able to demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed technology. For an RFC to become ...

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