IPP Mail Archive: IPP> RFC 2434 - Guidlines for IANA Considerations

IPP Mail Archive: IPP> RFC 2434 - Guidlines for IANA Considerations

IPP> RFC 2434 - Guidlines for IANA Considerations

Ira Mcdonald x10962 (imcdonal@eso.mc.xerox.com)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 14:26:19 PDT


Network Working Group T. Narten
Request for Comments: 2434 IBM
BCP: 26 H. Alvestrand
Category: Best Current Practice Maxware
October 1998

Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs

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.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.


Many protocols make use of identifiers consisting of constants and
other well-known values. Even after a protocol has been defined and
deployment has begun, new values may need to be assigned (e.g., for a
new option type in DHCP, or a new encryption or authentication
algorithm for IPSec). To insure that such quantities have consistent
values and interpretations in different implementations, their
assignment must be administered by a central authority. For IETF
protocols, that role is provided by the Internet Assigned Numbers
Authority (IANA).

In order for the IANA to manage a given name space prudently, it
needs guidelines describing the conditions under which new values can
be assigned. If the IANA is expected to play a role in the management
of a name space, the IANA must be given clear and concise
instructions describing that role. This document discusses issues
that should be considered in formulating a policy for assigning
values to a name space and provides guidelines to document authors on
the specific text that must be included in documents that place
demands on the IANA.