Handling of Internet-Drafts by IETF Working Groups
RFC 7221

 
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Farrel
Request for Comments: 7221                              Juniper Networks
Category: Informational                                  D. Crocker, Ed.
ISSN: 2070-1721                              Brandenburg InternetWorking
                                                              April 2014

           Handling of Internet-Drafts by IETF Working Groups

Abstract

   The productive output of an IETF working group is documents, as
   mandated by the working group's charter.  When a working group is
   ready to develop a particular document, the most common mechanism is
   for it to "adopt" an existing document as a starting point.  The
   document that a working group adopts and then develops further is
   based on initial input at varying levels of maturity.  An initial
   working group draft might be a document already in wide use, or it
   might be a blank sheet, wholly created by the working group, or it
   might represent any level of maturity in between.  This document
   discusses how a working group typically handles the formal documents
   that it targets for publication.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (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
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7221.

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   Copyright Notice

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   document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal
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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
      1.1. What Is a WG Draft? ........................................3
      1.2. Working Group Authority and Consensus ......................4
      1.3. Questions Considered in This Document ......................5
   2. Adoption Sequence ...............................................6
      2.1. Common Steps ...............................................6
      2.2. Criteria for Adoption ......................................6
   3. Authors/Editors .................................................8
   4. Document History and Stability ..................................8
   5. Some Issues for Consideration ..................................10
      5.1. Individual I-Ds under WG Care .............................10
      5.2. WG Drafts Can Become Individual Drafts ....................11
      5.3. Competing Drafts ..........................................11
   6. Security Considerations ........................................13
   7. Acknowledgements ...............................................13
   8. Informative References .........................................13

1.  Introduction

   The productive output of an IETF working group (WG) is documents, as
   mandated by the working group's charter.  Working groups develop
   these documents based on initial input at varying levels of maturity.
   An initial working group draft might be a document already in wide
   use, or it might be a blank sheet, wholly created by the working
   group, or it might represent any level of maturity in between.  This
   document discusses how a working group typically handles the formal
   documents that it targets for publication.  The discussion applies
   only to the IETF and does not cover IRTF groups, where practices vary
   widely.

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   Within the general constraints of formal IETF process and the
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