[rfc-dist] BCP 82, RFC 3692 on Assigning Experimental and Testing Numbers Considered Useful

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        BCP 82
        RFC 3692

        Title:      Assigning Experimental and Testing Numbers
                    Considered Useful
        Author(s):  T. Narten
        Status:     Best Current Practice
        Date:       January 2004
        Mailbox:    narten@us.ibm.com
        Pages:      7
        Characters: 15054
        Updates:    2434

        I-D Tag:    draft-narten-iana-experimental-allocations-05.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3692.txt

When experimenting with or extending protocols, it is often necessary
to use some sort of protocol number or constant in order to actually
test or experiment with the new function, even when testing in a
closed environment.  For example, to test a new DHCP option, one needs
an option number to identify the new function.  This document
recommends that when writing IANA Considerations sections, authors
should consider assigning a small range of numbers for
experimentation purposes that implementers can use when testing
protocol extensions or other new features.  This document reserves
some ranges of numbers for experimentation purposes in specific
protocols where the need to support experimentation has been

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