Skip to main content

The Use of Registries

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
Author Erik Wilde
Last updated 2020-01-31 (Latest revision 2019-07-30)
Stream (None)
Intended RFC status (None)
Expired & archived
Stream Stream state (No stream defined)
Consensus boilerplate Unknown
RFC Editor Note (None)
IESG IESG state Expired
Telechat date (None)
Responsible AD (None)
Send notices to (None)
This Internet-Draft is no longer active. A copy of the expired Internet-Draft can be found at:


Registries for Internet and Web protocols fulfill a wide range of tasks, ranging from low-level networking aspects such as packet type identifiers, all the way up to application-level protocols and standards. This document summarizes some of the reasons of why, when, and how to use registries. It serves as an informative reference for specification writers considering whether to create and manage a registry, allowing them to better understand some of the issues associated with certain design and operational decisions.


Erik Wilde

(Note: The e-mail addresses provided for the authors of this Internet-Draft may no longer be valid.)