Requirements for Plain Text RFCs
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Network Working Group                                        H. Flanagan
Internet-Draft                                                RFC Editor
Intended status: Informational                             June 20, 2014
Expires: December 22, 2014

                    Requirements for Plain Text RFCs
                      draft-flanagan-plaintext-00

Abstract

   This draft documents the change in requirements and layout for the
   plain-text RFC publication format.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Character Encoding  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Figures and Artwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Page Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.1.  Headers and Footers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.2.  Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4

1.  Introduction

   One of the requirements documented in RFC 6949 [RFC6949], "RFC Series
   Format Requirements and Future Development," is the continued support
   for a plain text publication format.

   The Unicode Consortium defines 'plain text' as "Computer-encoded text
   that consists only of a sequence of code points from a given
   standard, with no other formatting or structural information.  Plain
   text interchange is commonly used between computer systems that do
   not share higher-level protocols." [unicode-glossary]

   While a plain text output for RFCs will continue to be required for
   the foreseeable future, the details of what that means for RFCs in
   terms of which character encoding may be used, what the page layout
   will look like, how to handle figures and artwork, and so on, are
   documented in this draft.

   The following assumptions drive the changes in the plain text output
   for RFCs:

   o  The existing tools to create the text file are extremely
      sensitive; manual manipulation is required in the final output.
      In particular, handling page breaks for text is tricky.

   o  Additional publication formats--for example: PDF, HTML-- will be
      available that will offer features such as markup, pagination,
      etc.

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2.  Character Encoding

   The character encoding for all plain text documents will be UTF-8
   [RFC3629].  The file will include a byte order mark (BOM) to provide
   text reader software with in-band information about the character
   encoding scheme used.

3.  Figures and Artwork

   Authors may continue to include figures drawn with ASCII characters.
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