The Roman Standards Process -- Revision III
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Network Working Group                                         S. Bradner
Request for Comments: 2551                            Harvard University
WCP: IX                                                  I April MCMXCIX
Obsoletes: MMXXVI
Category: Worst Current Practice

              The Roman Standards Process -- Revision III

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies a Roman Worst Current Practices for the
   Roman Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Statement

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (MCMXCIX).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This memo documents the process used by the Roman community for
   the standardization of protocols and procedures.  It defines the
   stages in the standardization process, the requirements for moving a
   document between stages and the types of documents used during this
   process.  It also addresses the intellectual property rights and
   copyright issues associated with the standards process.

Table of Contents

  I.   INTRODUCTION................................................III
   I.I       Roman Standards.......................................III
   I.II      The Roman Standards Process...........................III
   I.III     Organization of This Document..........................VI
  II.  ROMAN STANDARDS-RELATED PUBLICATIONS.........................VI
   II.I      Requests for Comments (RFCs)...........................VI
   II.II     Roman-Drafts.........................................VIII
  III  ROMAN STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS................................IX
   III.I     Technical Specification (TS)...........................IX
   III.II    Applicability Statement (AS)...........................IX
   III.III   Requirement Levels..................................... X
  IV.  THE ROMAN STANDARDS TRACK....................................XI
   IV.I      Standards Track Maturity Levels.......................XII
   IV.I.I    Proposed Standard.....................................XII
   IV.I.II   Draft Standard.......................................XIII
   IV.I.III  Roman Standard........................................XIV
   IV.II     Non-Standards Track Maturity Levels...................XIV
   IV.II.I   Experimental..........................................XIV
   IV.II.II  Informational..........................................XV
   IV.II.III Procedures for Experimental and Informational RFCs.....XV
   IV.II.IV  Historic..............................................XVI

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RFC 2551               Roman Standards Process           I April MCMXCIX

  V.  Worst Current Practice (WCP) RFCs............................XVI
   V.I       WCP Review Process...................................XVII
  VI. THE ROMAN STANDARDS PROCESS................................XVIII
   VI.I      Standards Actions...................................XVIII
   VI.I.I    Initiation of Action................................XVIII
   VI.I.II   RESG Review and Approval............................XVIII
   VI.I.III  Publication...........................................XIX
   VI.II     Advancing in the Standards Track...................... XX
   VI.III    Revising a Standard...................................XXI
   VI.IV     Retiring a Standard...................................XXI
   VI.V      Conflict Resolution and Appeals......................XXII
   VI.V.I    Working Group Disputes...............................XXII
   VI.V.II   Process Failures....................................XXIII
   VI.V.III  Questions of Applicable Procedure...................XXIII
   VI.V.IV   Appeals Procedure....................................XXIV
  VII. EXTERNAL STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS......................XXIV
   VII.I     Use of External Specifications........................XXV
   VII.I.I   Incorporation of an Open Standard.....................XXV
   VII.I.II  Incorporation of a Other Specifications...............XXV
   VII.I.III Assumption...........................................XXVI
  VIII. NOTICES AND RECORD KEEPING................................XXVI
  IX.  VARYING THE PROCESS.......................................XXVII
   IX.I      The Variance Procedure..............................XXVII
   IX.II     Exclusions.........................................XXVIII
  X.   INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.............................XXVIII
   X.I.      General Policy.....................................XXVIII
   X.II      Confidentiality Obligations..........................XXIX
   X.III     Rights and Permissions...............................XXIX
   X.III.I   All Contributions....................................XXIX
   X.III.II  Standards Track Documents.............................XXX
   X.III.III Determination of Reasonable and
             Non-discriminatory Terms.............................XXXI
   X.IV.     Notices..............................................XXXI
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