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A brief summary; the minutes of a meeting; the etiquette of diplomacy.

Protocol refers to a summarized document or the minutes of a meeting that are initialed by the parties present to indicate the accuracy of the document or minutes.

Protocol is a section of the department of state that is responsible for advising the government, the president, the vice president, and the Secretary of State on matters of diplomatic procedure governed by law or international custom and practice. Protocol is the method of officially ranking or receiving government officials.


(Agreement), noun arrangement, charter, compact, concord, concordat, contract, covenant, diplooatic agreement, pact, stipulation, treaty, understanding


(Etiquette), noun behavior, ceremony, code, code of behavior, conventional practice, correct behavior, correctitude, correctness, courtesy, customs, decorum, dictates, diplomatic code, form, good behavior, good form, good manners, manners, politeness, practice, prevailing form, proper behavior, proprieties, punctilio, regulations, rules, set of rules, set of standards, system of rules
See also: bill, decorum, guide, mode, practice, procedure, rule, treaty


an addition or supplement to a treaty.

PROTOCOL, civil law, international law. A record or register. Among the Romans, protocollunt was a writing at the head of the first page of the paper used by the notaries or tabellions. Nov. 44.
     2. In France the minutes of notarial acts were formerly transcribed on registers, which were called protocols. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 3, c. 6, s. 1, n. 413.
     3. By the German law it signifies the minutes of any transaction. Eneye. Amer. Protocol. In the latter sense the word has of late been received into international law. Ibid.

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Greenline customers that use VeriFIX for automated testing of proprietary protocols can easily use MagniFIX to complement their automated testing strategy.
The FTS ProDecoder takes protocol decoding to a new level, making it quite easy to decode proprietary protocols," states Eric Kaplan, president of Frontline.
Unlike proprietary protocols, BiSS doesn't lock users into a particular brand of encoders at prices set on the supplier's terms.
4 wireless Personal Area Networking is likely to use alternative, proprietary protocols, such as the MiWi protocol.
By standardizing the way events are communicated using open, as opposed to proprietary protocols, WS-Notification has become a key element to the foundation of service oriented, event driven enterprise architectures," said Matt Quinn, vice president of Product Management and Strategy at TIBCO Software.
also announced August 28th and expected to close later this month), RFM's Wireless Solutions Group will offer unlicensed wireless connectivity technologies, with both standardized and proprietary protocols, as well as RFM's low-power radio offerings that include RFICs and Virtual Wire(TM) radios.