What is an Internet Standard (STD)?

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All Internet standards and many other Internet specifications are documented in a series of documents called Request for Comments or RFCs. While the Internet standards may be the most famous of Internet documents, they are far from the only ones.

And, while all Internet standards are documented in RFCs, NOT ALL RFCs ARE INTERNET STANDARDS

Gordano’s products conform to the following internet standards:

Standard 10 ? RFCs 821, 1869, 1870
Standard 11 ? RFC 822
Standard 13 ? RFCs 1034, 1035
Standard 53 ? RFCs 1939

The different type of documents relating to the internet are:

  • RFCs. The Request for Comments series is archival, meaning that no RFC will ever change. They are meant to always be available in their original format, even if their status may change over time as a specification moves from being a proposed standard to a draft standard to an Internet standard to an historical RFC.
  • STDs. These are Internet standards, and each STD points to one or more RFCs that contain the specification(s) for that particular standard. The STD number stays the same even if a new RFC replaces (obsoletes) an old RFC defining the standard.
  • FYIs. These are “for your information” documents which, according to RFC 1150, “F.Y.I. Introduction to the F.Y.I. Notes”, are intended to provide information about Internet topics, including answers to frequently asked questions and explanations of why things are the way they are on the Internet.
  • BCPs. Defined in RFC 1818, the Best Current Practices series describe current practices for the Internet community. They provide a mechanism by which the IETF distributes information about what are considered to be the best ways of doing things; these mechanisms need not become standards either because they may change over time or they refer to administrative or other areas outside of the technology. BCPs also cover meta-issues, such as describing the process by which standards are created (see RFC 2026, for example, on the Internet standards process).
  • Others. Over time there have been other document series, including RTRs (RARE Technical Reports), IENs (Internet Engineering Notes), and others. Mostly, nobody cares about these anymore.

Keywords:STD Internet standards 10 11 13 53

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