IETF mission (RE: pausable explanation for the Document Series)

Charles E. Perkins charliep at
Thu Jun 5 09:57:41 CEST 2003

Hello John,

I also wholeheartedly support the inclusion of an applicability
statement whenever it makes sense.  However, I also suggest that
the protocol SHOULD (within engineering discretion) not intentionally
restrict its applcability to the situations delineated in the
applicability statement.

I would restate Postel's maxim:

Be conservative in the claimed applicability, but generous
in the potential applicability.

Charlie P.

john.loughney at wrote:
> Hi all,
> > perhaps more generally - there isn't such an obvious pattern to them, either
> > for what they look like or how they are created, so they are mostly off
> > people's radar.
> As a contributor to one:
> I don't think that these are really very mysterious beasts.
> I suggest that ADs should encourage these documents in WGs their charter.
> John

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