Requirements for Plain-Text RFCs
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Network Working Group                                        H. Flanagan
Internet-Draft                                                RFC Editor
Intended status: Informational                           October 1, 2014
Expires: April 4, 2015

                    Requirements for Plain-Text RFCs
                      draft-flanagan-plaintext-04

Abstract

   In 2013, after a great deal of community discussion, the decision was
   made to shift from the plain-text, ASCII-only canonical format to
   XML.  The high-level requirements for the format of RFCs were defined
   in RFC6949, "RFC Series Format Requirements and Future Development."
   Several different publication formats will be rendered from that
   canonical XML, including HTML, PDF, TXT, and EPUB.  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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  General Page Format Layout  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.1.  Headers and Footers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.2.  Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.3.  Line Width  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.4.  Line Spacing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.5.  Hyphenation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   8.  Change Log for the Draft  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     8.1.  -03 to -04  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     8.2.  -02 to -03  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     8.3.  -01 to -02  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7

1.  Introduction

   The decision was made in May 2013 to shift from the plain-text,
   ASCII-only canonical format to XML [XML-ANNOUNCE].  The high-level
   requirements for the format of RFCs were defined in "RFC Series
   Format Requirements and Future Development" [RFC6949].  Several
   different publication formats will be rendered from that canonical
   XML, including HTML, PDF, TXT, and EPUB [I-D.flanagan-rfc-framework].

   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]

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