Creating an IETF Working Group Draft
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Network Working Group                                          A. Farrel
Internet-Draft                                          Juniper Networks
Intended status: Informational                           D. Crocker, Ed.
Expires: November 29, 2013                   Brandenburg InternetWorking
                                                            May 28, 2013

                  Creating an IETF Working Group Draft
                      draft-crocker-id-adoption-02

Abstract

   The productive output of IETF working groups is documents, as
   mandated by the working group's charter.  When a working group is
   ready to develop a particular document it usually "adopts" it as a
   working group draft.  The document that a working group adopts and
   then develops further is based on initial input at varying levels of
   maturity.  An initial working group draft might be a document already
   in wide use, or it might be a blank sheet, wholly created by the
   working group, or it might represent any level of maturity in
   between.  This document discusses the process of creating formal
   working group drafts that are targeted for publication.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  What is a Working Group Draft?  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Working Group Authority and Consensus . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.3.  Questions Considered in This Document . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Adoption Process  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.1.  Formal Steps  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.2.  Criteria for Adoption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Authors/Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  Document History and Stability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   5.  Some Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.1.  Individual I-Ds Under WG Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.2.  Competing Drafts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   8.  References - Informative  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   Appendix A.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12

1.  Introduction

   The productive output of IETF working groups is documents, as
   mandated by the working group's charter.  Working groups develop
   these documents based on initial input of varying levels of maturity.
   An initial working group draft might be a document already in wide
   use, or it might be a blank sheet, wholly created by the working
   group, or it might represent any level of maturity in between.  This
   document discusses the criteria and process for adopting and
   developing formal working group drafts that are targeted for
   publication.

   Within the general constraints of formal IETF process and the
   specific constraints of a working group's charter, there can be
   considerable freedom in the adoption and development of drafts.  As
   with most IETF processes, the ultimate arbiter of such choices is
   working group agreement, within the constraints of its charter.  As
   with most working group management, this agreement might be explicit
   or implicit, depending upon the process efficiencies that are deemed
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