At 12:50 PM +1300 1/18/08, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> Added sentences to section 8.1 explaining that BCPs and FYIs are sub-
series of Informational RFCs.
The sub-series of FYIs and
BCPs are comprised of "Informational documents" in the sense of the
enumeration above, with special tagging applied.
That's certainly true of the FYI series (which I believe the
RFC Editor regards as dormant today).
It absolutely is not true of the BCP series - they are
single-stage normative documents, and not a subset of
Informational documents. If there's text in RFC 2026 that
implies otherwise, I need to update draft-carpenter-rfc2026-changes
Note that Section 8.1 (which currently doesn't mention BCPs at all,
and thus the needed change) talks about "Informational documents",
not "Informational RFCs". That might be too clever of a
Would you be happier if the list above the text you quoted had seven
entries instead of six, with "Best current practices (BCP) documents"
as a new entry in the list?
Personally, I don't feel that RFC 2026 is clear enough on the status
of BCPs, and we thus have BCPs whose meaning differs from what 2026
says BCPs are for. I don't think we can change 2026 in a way that
won't invalidate some BCPs.
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