Network News Transport Protocol (nntp)
Charter Status: Concluded October, 1993 Chair(s): Eliot Lear Description of Working Group: This group will study and review the issues involved with netnews transport over the Internet. Originally released as an RFC in February of 1986, NNTP is one of the most widely implemented elective protocol. As of this writing, the protocol has just passed its fifth birthday, and has not been updated once. Over the years several enhancements have been suggested, and several have even been widely implemented. The intent of this working group will be to encode the more popular and plausible enhancements into an Internet standards-track protocol. Included in the initial list of changes to be considered are the following: (1) User level and site designated authentication methods; (2) Binary transfer capability; (3) Minimization of line turnaround; and (4) Stronger article selection capability. It is expected that public domain software will be released concurrently with an RFC, demonstrating the protocol enhancements.