Rules For Designing Protocols Using the RFC5444 Generalized Packet/ Message Format

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (manet WG)
Authors Thomas Clausen  , Christopher Dearlove  , Ulrich Herberg  , Henning Rogge 
Last updated 2015-10-14 (latest revision 2015-05-28)
Replaced by RFC 8245
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This document updates the generalized MANET packet/message format, specified in RFC5444, by providing prescriptive guidelines for how protocols can use that packet/message format. In particular, these mandatory guidelines prohibit a number of uses of RFC5444 that have been suggested in various proposals, and which would have lead to interoperability problems, to impediment of protocol extension development, and to inability to use generic RFC5444 parsers.


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