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	Title		: Assigning Experimental and Testing Numbers Considered 
                          Useful
	Author(s)	: T. Narten
	Filename	: draft-narten-iana-experimental-allocations-00.txt
	Pages		: 4
	Date		: 16-Jul-01
	
When experimenting with or extending protocols, it is often necessary
to use some sort of protocol number or constant in order to actually
test or experiment with the new function, even when testing in a
closed environment. For example, the test a new DHCP option, one
needs an option number to identify the new function. This document
recommends that when writing IANA Considerations sections, authors
should consider assigning a small range of numbers for
experimentation purposes that implementers can use when testing
protocol extensions or other new features. This document reserves
some ranges of numbers for experimentation purposes in specific
protocols where the need to support experimentation has been
identified.

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