- Stephen McQuistin, Vivian Band, and Colin Perkins, Fully Specifying Protocol Parsing with Augmented ASCII Diagrams (.txt|.pdf), Internet Engineering Task Force, July 2019, Work in progress (draft-mcquistin-augmented-ascii-diagrams-00.txt).
This document describes a machine-readable format for fully specifying the process by which a protocol can be parsed. This format combines a consistent ASCII packet diagram format with the use of structured text, maintaining human readability while enabling support for machine parsing. This document is itself an example of how this format can be used.
IETF protocol specifications have long relied on packet header diagrams to illustrate the format of packet headers and other protocol data. This memo describes a consistent, machine readable, syntax for such diagrams.