Characterization of Proposed Standards
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Network Working Group                                         O. Kolkman
Internet-Draft                                                NLnet Labs
Updates: 2026 (if approved)                                   S. Bradner
Intended status: Informational                        Harvard University
Expires: March 15, 2014                                        S. Turner
                                                              IECA, Inc.
                                                      September 13, 2013

                 Characterization of Proposed Standards
             draft-kolkman-proposed-standards-clarified-01

Abstract

   This document clarifies the description of the review performed on
   and the maturity level of IETF Proposed Standard RFCs and updates RFC
   2026

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  IESG Reveiew of Proposed Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2

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   3.  Characterization of Specification  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
     3.1.  Characterization of IETF Proposed Standard Specifications   3
     3.2.  Characteristics of Internet Standards  . . . . . . . . . .  3
   4.  Further Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   5.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   6.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   7.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   Appendix A. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   Appendix B. Internet Draft Editing History . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     Appendix B.1.  Version 00  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     Appendix B.2.  Version 00->01  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     Appendix B.3.  Editors versioning info . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

1.  Introduction

   [Editor Note: ietf@ietf.org is the mailing-list for discussing this
   draft.]

   In the two decades after publication of RFC 2026 [RFC2026] the IESG
   has evolved its review processes of Proposed Standard RFCs and thus
   RFC 2026 section 4.1.1 no longer accurately describes IETF Proposed
   Standards.

   This document updates the characterization of Proposed Standards from
   RFC2026 but does not speak to or alter the standard maintenance
   procedures from RFC 2026 and RFC 6410 [RFC6410].

2.  IESG Reveiew of Proposed Standards

   The entry-level maturity for the standards track is "Proposed
   Standard".  A specific action by the IESG is required to move a
   specification onto the standards track at the "Proposed Standard"
   level.

   Initially it was assumed that most IETF technical specifications
   would progress through a series of maturity stages starting with
   Proposed Standard, then progressing to Draft Standard then, finally,
   to Internet Standard (see RFC 2026 section 6).  Over time, for a
   number of reasons, this progression became less common.  In response,
   the IESG strengthened its review of Proposed Standards, basically
   operating as if the Proposed Standard was the last chance for the
   IESG to ensure the quality of the technology and the clarity of the
   standards document.  The result was that IETF Proposed Standards
   approved over the last decade or more have had extensive review.
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