If you’re a Web developer, you probably know that the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) publishes a series of documents called Requests for Comments (RFCs) that may eventually become Internet standards. The process of turning a protocol into a standard is long and onerous, and only a small minority of developers will see their protocol reach that status.


The Big Book of Best Current Practices (BCP) RFCs

By Pete Loshin
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
Date published: June 2000
400 pages
ISBN: 012455847x
Price: $34.95 at fatbrain.com

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Although RFCs are scattered all over the Web for your review, they are now available in one place in The Big Book of Best Current Practices RFCs, a comprehensive reference on the way the Internet works from an implementation and organizational perspective.

Click here to read “Best Current Practice 9: The Internet Standards Process,” available for free download through a special arrangement between TechRepublic and Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, publishers of technical information resources for computer and engineering professionals. This chapter explains how a proposed Internet specification progresses from an Internet-Draft to an RFC along the standards track. It also covers consideration of the specification, specification reviews, and copyright issues.