A cluster is a set of 2 or more drafts that are normatively related. Documents that are normative references, but do not themselves have any normative references to Internet-Drafts may move forward in the process independent of the other documents in the cluster. Other clustered documents may move through the RFC publication process together for one of the following reasons:
Generally, clusters are based on the principle that a normative reference must be published before (or with) the document that references it. For example, if Draft A has a normative reference to Draft B, and Draft B has a normative reference to Draft C, then Draft A, B, and C would be in one cluster (i.e., labeled with the same Cluster ID). See the list of all active clusters.
In addition to drafts in the queue states, clusters can include documents that are not in the queue:
A normative reference contains information essential to understanding or implementing the document that references it. See the IESG Statement on Normative and Informative References for more information.
The Cluster ID is persistent over time. When all the documents in a cluster are published, the cluster no longer appears in the list of active clusters. In a cluster, there is at least one draft that is currently in the queue.
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This page was last updated on 18 August 2009