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Special Edition Using TCP/IP, Second Edition by NIIT

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Appendix A. RFCs

In the quest for standardizing the implementation areas that make the Internet, the Internet Engineering Task Force devised a documentation mechanism called Request for Comments (RFCs). Any implementation, be it protocols or a new method of communication, can be proposed to IETF in the form of a document. IETF analyzes the document and publishes it as an RFC with a unique RFC number. The RFC is subject to additions or modifications, which in turn could be published as RFCs. Finally, when all changes and modifications on an RFC are completed, the proposed implementation can be termed as an Internet Standard. For example, RFC 793, which provides specification for the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), is an Internet standards ...

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