[rfc-dist] BCP 97, RFC 3967 on Clarifying when Standards Track Documents may Refer Normatively to Documents at a Lower Level

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        RFC 3967

        Title:      Clarifying when Standards Track Documents may
                    Refer Normatively to Documents at a Lower Level
        Author(s):  R. Bush, T. Narten
        Status:     Best Current Practice
        Date:       December 2004
        Mailbox:    randy at psg.com, narten at us.ibm.com
        Pages:      6
        Characters: 12251
        SeeAlso:    BCP 97

        I-D Tag:    draft-ymbk-downref-03.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3967.txt


IETF procedures generally require that a standards track RFC may not
have a normative reference to another standards track document at a
lower maturity level or to a non standards track specification (other
than specifications from other standards bodies).  For example, a
standards track document may not have a normative reference to an
informational RFC.  Exceptions to this rule are sometimes needed as
the IETF uses informational RFCs to describe non-IETF standards or
IETF-specific modes of use of such standards.  This
document clarifies and updates the procedure used in these
circumstances.

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Joyce K. Reynolds and Sandy Ginoza
USC/Information Sciences Institute

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