Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) P. Hoffman
Request for Comments: 6322 VPN Consortium
Category: Informational July 2011
Datatracker States and Annotations for
the IAB, IRTF, and Independent Submission Streams
This document describes extending the IETF Datatracker to capture and
display the progression of Internet-Drafts that are intended to be
published as RFCs by the IAB, IRTF, or Independent Submissions
Editor. The states and annotations that are to be added to the
Datatracker will be applied to Internet-Drafts as soon as any of
these streams identify the Internet-Draft as a potential eventual
RFC, and will continue through the lifetime of the Internet-Draft.
The goal of adding this information to the Datatracker is to give the
whole Internet community more information about the status of these
Internet-Drafts and the streams from which they originate.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
published for informational purposes.
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(IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has
received public review and has been approved for publication by the
Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents
approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.
Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
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As described in Section 5 of [RFC4844], there are currently four
streams that feed into the RFC publication process: the IETF document
stream, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) document stream, the
Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) document stream, and the
Independent Submissions stream that is administered by the
Independent Submissions Editor (ISE). Each of these streams consist
of Internet-Drafts (often abbreviated "I-Ds") that have been
identified by an organization or role as being part of their stream.
Each stream maintainer progresses documents towards RFC publication
in its own fashion. A document can only be in one stream at a time.
In recent years, there has been a desire by IETF participants and
others to see more of the process used by each stream. For example,
some people want to know how close the IAB is to finishing a
particular document; IETF participants might want to know the
progress of IRTF research documents that are in areas related to
their engineering work; people who have asked for the ISE to publish
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their document want to track its progress. If the IETF Datatracker
("tracker") has more information about each stream's states, this
information is much more easily accessible.
In this document, the term "IETF Datatracker" is used as a generic