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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  RFC  /R-F-C/  n.  [Request  For  Comment]  One  of  a  long-established 
  series  of  numbered  Internet  informational  documents  and  standards  widely 
  followed  by  commercial  software  and  freeware  in  the  Internet  and  Unix 
  communities.  Perhaps  the  single  most  influential  one  has  been  RFC-822 
  (the  Internet  mail-format  standard).  The  RFCs  are  unusual  in  that 
  they  are  floated  by  technical  experts  acting  on  their  own  initiative 
  and  reviewed  by  the  Internet  at  large  rather  than  formally  promulgated 
  through  an  institution  such  as  ANSI.  For  this  reason,  they  remain  known 
  as  RFCs  even  once  adopted  as  standards. 
 
  The  RFC  tradition  of  pragmatic,  experience-driven,  after-the-fact 
  standard  writing  done  by  individuals  or  small  working  groups  has 
  important  advantages  over  the  more  formal,  committee-driven  process 
  typical  of  ANSI  or  ISO.  Emblematic  of  some  of  these  advantages  is  the 
  existence  of  a  flourishing  tradition  of  `joke'  RFCs;  usually  at  least 
  one  a  year  is  published,  usually  on  April  1st.  Well-known  joke  RFCs 
  have  included  527  ("ARPAWOCKY",  R.  Merryman,  UCSD;  22  June  1973),  748 
  ("Telnet  Randomly-Lose  Option",  Mark  R.  Crispin;  1  April  1978),  and  1149 
  ("A  Standard  for  the  Transmission  of  IP  Datagrams  on  Avian  Carriers", 
  D.  Waitzman  BBN  STC;  1  April  1990).  The  first  was  a  Lewis  Carroll 
  pastiche;  the  second  a  parody  of  the  TCP-IP  documentation  style,  and 
  the  third  a  deadpan  skewering  of  standards-document  legalese,  describing 
  protocols  for  transmitting  Internet  data  packets  by  carrier  pigeon. 
 
  The  RFCs  are  most  remarkable  for  how  well  they  work  --  they  manage 
  to  have  neither  the  ambiguities  that  are  usually  rife  in  informal 
  specifications,  nor  the  committee-perpetrated  misfeatures  that  often 
  haunt  formal  standards,  and  they  define  a  network  that  has  grown  to 
  truly  worldwide  proportions. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  RFC 
 
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  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  RFC 
  Remote  Function  Call  (SAP,  CPIC) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  RFC 
  Request  For  Comments  (Internet,  RFC)