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1.26. What is an STD?

(No, it doesn't stand for what your high school health teacher told you it stands for!) STDs, or standards documents, are yet another form of RFCs. The intent of STDs is to identify those RFCs that document Internet standards. An STD number will be assigned only to those specifications that have completed the full process of standardization in the Internet.

Like FYIs, once a standard has been assigned an STD number, that number does not change, even if the standard changes over time.

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