Handling of Internet Drafts by IETF Working Groups
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Network Working Group                                          A. Farrel
Internet-Draft                                          Juniper Networks
Intended status: Informational                           D. Crocker, Ed.
Expires: August 11, 2014                     Brandenburg InternetWorking
                                                        February 7, 2014

           Handling of Internet Drafts by IETF Working Groups
                      draft-crocker-id-adoption-08

Abstract

   The productive output of an IETF working group is documents, as
   mandated by the working group's charter.  When a working group is
   ready to develop a particular document, the most common mechanism is
   for it to "adopt" an existing document as a starting point.  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 how a working group typically handles the formal documents
   that it targets 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 . . . . . . . . . .   5
   2.  Adoption Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.1.  Typical Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.2.  Criteria for Adoption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   3.  Authors/Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   4.  Document History and Stability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Some Issues for Consideration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.1.  Individual I-Ds Under WG Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.2.  WG Drafts Can become Individual Drafts  . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.3.  Competing Drafts  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
   8.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   Appendix A.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   Appendix B.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14

1.  Introduction

   The productive output of an IETF working group 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 how a working group typically handles the formal
   documents that it targets for publication.  The discussion applies
   only to the IETF and does not cover IRTF groups, where practices vary
   widely.

   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
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