Internet Standards Documents

Let's look at what can be called the "official documentation of the Internet" now! We'll refer to these standards documents throughout this course.

Why Care About Internet Standards?

Standardization has allowed us to achieve interoperability. Different organizations and vendors can develop hardware and software to be connected to the Internet. Unless they agree on a protocol, their hardware and software wouldn’t be able to talk to each other. Standardization is all interested stakeholders sitting together, debating and agreeing on a protocol or design.

Also, it’s important to know what’s out there, who designed what and why.

Also, you’d know where to submit your ideas in case you come up with a better design for any of the protocols we’re going to study.

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