[rfc-dist] BCP 26, RFC 5226 on Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs

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        BCP 26        
        RFC 5226

        Title:      Guidelines for Writing an IANA 
                    Considerations Section in RFCs 
        Author:     T. Narten, H. Alvestrand
        Status:     Best Current Practice
        Date:       May 2008
        Mailbox:    narten at us.ibm.com, 
                    Harald at Alvestrand.no
        Pages:      27
        Characters: 66160
        Obsoletes:  RFC2434
        See Also:   BCP0026

        I-D Tag:    draft-narten-iana-considerations-rfc2434bis-09.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5226.txt

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 transform for IPsec).  To ensure that such quantities have consistent values and interpretations across all 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 IANA to manage a given namespace prudently, it needs
guidelines describing the conditions under which new values can be
assigned or when modifications to existing values can be made.  If
IANA is expected to play a role in the management of a namespace,
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 namespace and
provides guidelines for authors on the specific text that
must be included in documents that place demands on IANA.

This document obsoletes RFC 2434.  This document specifies an Internet Best 
Current Practices for the Internet Community, and requests discussion and 
suggestions for improvements.


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