The Harmful Consequences of the Robustness Principle
draft-thomson-postel-was-wrong-03

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Abstract

Jon Postel's famous statement of "Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send" is a principle that has long guided the design and implementation of Internet protocols. The posture this statement advocates promotes interoperability, but can produce negative effects in the protocol ecosystem in the long term. Those effects can be avoided by maintaining protocols.

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Martin Thomson (martin.thomson@gmail.com)

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