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Network Working Group J. Postel Request for Comments: 1818 ISI BCP: 1 T. Li Category: Best Current Practice cisco Systems

                                                            Y. Rekhter
                                                         cisco Systems
                                                           August 1995
                       Best Current Practices

Status of this Memo

 This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
 Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
 improvements.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.


 This document describes a new series of documents which describe best
 current practices for the Internet community.  Documents in this
 series carry the endorsement of the Internet Engineering Steering
 Group (IESG).


 The current IETF process has two types of RFCs: standards track
 documents and other RFCs (e.g., informational, experimental, FYIs)
 [1].  The intent of the standards track documents is clear, and
 culminates in an official Internet Standard [2,3].  Informational
 RFCs can be published on a less formal basis, subject to the
 reasonable constraints of the RFC editor.  Informational RFCs are not
 subject to peer review and carry no significance whatsoever within
 the IETF process [4].
 The IETF currently has no other mechanism or means of publishing
 relevant technical information which it endorses.  This document
 creates a new subseries of RFCs, entitled Best Current Practices
 The BCP process is similar to that for proposed standards.  The BCP
 is submitted to the IESG for review, and the existing review process
 applies, including a "last call" on the IETF announcement mailing
 list.  However, once the IESG has approved the document, the process
 ends and the document is published.  The resulting document is viewed
 as having the technical approval of the IETF, but it is not, and
 cannot become an official Internet Standard.

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 Possible examples of technical information to which BCPs could be
 applied are "OSI NSAP Allocation" [5], and "OSPF Applicability
 Statement" [6].


 [1] IAB, and IESG, "Internet Standards Process -- Revision 2", RFC
     1602, IAB and IESG, March 1994.
 [2] Postel, J., Editor, "Internet Official Protocol Standards", STD
     1, RFC 1800, IAB, July 1995.
 [3] Hinden, R., "Internet Engineering Task Force Internet Routing
     Protocol Standardization Criteria", RFC 1264, BBN, October 1991.
 [4] Waitzman, D., "Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on
     Avian Carriers", RFC 1149, BBN, April 1990.
 [5] Collela, R., Callon, R., Gardner, E., and Y. Rekhter, "Guidelines
     for OSI NSAP Allocation in the Internet", RFC 1629, NIST,
     Wellfleet, Mitre, IBM, May 1994.
 [6] Chapin, L., "Applicability Statement for OSPF", RFC 1370, IAB,
     October 1992.

Security Considerations

 Security issues are not discussed in this memo.

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Authors' Addresses

    Jon Postel
    USC - ISI, Suite 1001
    4676 Admiralty Way
    Marina del Rey, CA  90292-6695
    Phone: 310-822-1511
    Yakov Rekhter
    cisco Systems, Inc.
    170 West Tasman Drive
    San Jose, CA 95134
    Phone: 914-528-0090
    Tony Li
    cisco Systems, Inc.
    1525 O'Brien Drive
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

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