The RFC publication process plays in important role in the Internet standards process.
The RFCs form a series of notes, started in 1969, about the Internet (originally the ARPANET). The notes discuss many aspects of computer communication, focusing on:
- Networking protocols,
- Procedures, programs, and
- Concepts but also including meeting notes, opinions (and sometimes humor!).
The specification documents of the Internet protocol suite, as defined by the IETF and the IESG, are published as RFCs. The RFC Editor is the publisher of the RFCs and is responsible for the final editorial review of the documents.