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Re: [802SEC] some 802 history is captured here


To the best of my knowledge, 802.3-2005 was never published by the IEEE in any kind of bound form. The last bound version of 802.3 published by the IEEE was the 2002 Edition. I still have my copy intact in its original shrink-wrap. The only 802.3 base standard ever published as a hardbound (i.e. sewn binding with hardboard covers) book (as opposed to softbound) was 802.3-1985. It was superceded by the first ISO edition in 1988 which was softbound. I have copies of most bound versions of 802.3. I have PDFs of all 802 standards as far back as they have been publishing them in PDF.

The history clause of the 802.3 - 2005 front matter is as follows:
(The only other historical material is the list of projects, their officers and all the WG ballot voters over the years)
IEEE Std 802.3™was first published in 1985. Since the initial publication, many projects have added functionality or provided maintenance updates to the specifications and text included in the standard. Each IEEE 802.3 project/amendment is identified with a suffix (e.g., IEEE 802.3ae). A historical listing of all projects that have added to or modified IEEE Std 802.3 follows as a part of this introductory material. The listing is in chronological order of project initiation and for each project describes: subject, clauses added (if any), approval dates, and committee officers.

The media access control (MAC) protocol specified in IEEE Std 802.3 is Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD). This MAC protocol was included in the experimental Ethernet developed at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. While the experimental Ethernet had a 2.94 Mb/s data rate, IEEE Std 802.3-1985 specified operation at 10 Mb/s. Since 1985 new media options, new speeds of operation, and new protocol capabilities have been added to IEEE Std 802.3.

Some of the major additions to IEEE Std 802.3 are identified in the marketplace with their project number. This is most common for projects adding higher speeds of operation or new protocols. For example, IEEE Std 802.3u added 100 Mb/s operation (also called Fast Ethernet), IEEE Std 802.3x specified full duplex operation and a flow control protocol, IEEE Std 802.3z added 1000 Mb/s operation (also called Gigabit Ethernet) and IEEE Std 802.3ah specified access network Ethernet (also called Ethernet in the First Mile). These major additions are all now included in IEEE Std 802.3-2005 and are not maintained as separate documents.

With this publication, IEEE Std 802.3 is comprised of the following documents

Section One—Includes Clause 1 through Clause 20 and Annex A through Annex H and Annex 4a. Section One includes the specifications for 10 Mb/s operation and the MAC, frame formats and service interfaces used for all speeds of operation.

Section Two—Includes Clause 21 through Clause 33 and Annex 22A through Annex 33E. Section Two includes the specifications for 100 Mb/s operation and management attributes for multiple protocols and operational speeds as well as specifications for providing power over twisted pair cabling for multiple operational speeds.

Section Three—Includes Clause 34 through Clause 43 and Annex 36A through Annex 43C. Section Three includes the specifications for 1000 Mb/s operation.

Section Four—Includes Clause 44 through Clause 53 and Annex 44A through Annex 50A. Section Four includes the specifications for 10 Gb/s operation.

Section Five—Includes Clause 56 through Clause 67 and Annex 58A through Annex 67A. Section Five defines services and protocol elements that permit the exchange of IEEE Std 802.3 format frames between stations in a subscriber access network.

IEEE 802.3 will continue to evolve. New Ethernet capabilities are anticipated to be added within the next few years as amendments to this standard.
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On 7/24/09 6:13 PM, J Lemon wrote:
I assume that several of you have copies of 802.3-2005 in hardbound book
fashion. But if not, I'm pretty sure I can find mine, should it be desired.

On 7/20/2009 11:06 AM, Paul Nikolich wrote:

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