RFC 3930

The Protocol versus Document Points of View in Computer Protocols, October 2004

Canonical URL:
https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc3930.txt
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Status:
INFORMATIONAL
Author:
D. Eastlake 3rd
Stream:
INDEPENDENT

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DOI:  10.17487/RFC3930

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Abstract

This document contrasts two points of view: the "document" point of view, where digital objects of interest are like pieces of paper written and viewed by people, and the "protocol" point of view where objects of interest are composite dynamic network messages. Although each point of view has a place, adherence to a document point of view can be damaging to protocol design. By understanding both points of view, conflicts between them may be clarified and reduced. This memo provides information for the Internet community.


For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 4844.


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