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I owed NesCom a process for PAR numbering within 802. I did a brief search and
could not find this written down, so I generated the following note. Does
anyone know if this is contained elsewhere within 802?

Comments on the Policy Below:

PAR Numbering for 802

1) Standard 802 provides the basic architecture for 802 standards. As such,
there is no number or letter suffix. There is currently a revision PAR, P802Rev
that is updating this standard.

2) Working Groups will utilize PAR numbers as 802.nx where:
n - the number assigned to the Working Group
x - a lower case letter assigned to each supplement or corrigenda.
2.1 -After x goes to z, the next PAR is 802.naa,, etc.
2.2 -In general, the base working group standard, 802.n eventually includes all
supplements and corrigenda.
2.3 -Revisions are numbered as 802.nRevm, where m is the revision update
sequence number. In some cases, a Revision is started as a supplement, then
becomes a revision, so the lower case letter holds.

3) In the case of 802.1, which is for higher layer protocols above the MAC, the
PAR numbering is 802.1y or 802.1Y, where:
y - is a lower case letter assigned to a supplement or corrigenda or
Y - is an upper case letter assigned to a stand-alone standard that is
applicable to a higher level protocol and is not meant to be integrated into
the base standard, 802.1.

3.1 -Both a small letter and capital letter are not used for the same
3.2 -This small and capital letter use can be confusing, and should not be
depended upon to designate a standard or supplement, especially since some
computer type fonts do not distinguish between capitalization.

4) In some cases, where the project will be a supplement of 802.1Y, but the
project deals totally with a single MAC protocol, n, the project number is
802.nx, as defined in the relevant MAC working group.

Jim Carlo( Cellular:1-214-693-1776  Voice&FAX Mail:1-214-853-5274
TI Fellow, Networking Standards at Texas Instruments
Chair, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC6 Telecom and Info Exchange Between Systems
Chair, IEEE 802 LAN MAN Standards Committee