Requirements for Plain-Text RFCs
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Network Working Group                                        H. Flanagan
Internet-Draft                                                RFC Editor
Intended status: Informational                             June 21, 2015
Expires: December 23, 2015

                    Requirements for Plain-Text RFCs
                      draft-flanagan-plaintext-06

Abstract

   In 2013, after a great deal of community discussion, the decision was
   made to shift from the plain-text, ASCII-only canonical format for
   RFCs to XML as the canonical format.  The high-level requirements
   that informed this change were defined in RFC6949, "RFC Series Format
   Requirements and Future Development."  Plain text is still an
   important format for many in the IETF community, and will still be
   one of the publication formats rendered from the XML.  This draft
   documents the rendering requirements for the plain-text RFC
   publication format.  These requirements do not apply to plain-text
   RFCs published before the format transition.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Character Encoding  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Figures and Artwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  General Page Format Layout  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.1.  Headers and Footers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.2.  Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.3.  Line Width  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.4.  Line Spacing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.5.  Hyphenation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Elements from the xml2rfc v3 vocabulary . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   9.  Change Log for the Draft  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     9.1.  -05 to -06  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     9.2.  -04 to -05  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     9.3.  -03 to -04  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     9.4.  -02 to -03  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     9.5.  -01 to -02  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   10. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     10.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     10.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Introduction

   In 2013, after a great deal of community discussion, the decision was
   made to shift from the plain-text, ASCII-only canonical format for
   RFCs to XML as the canonical format [XML-ANNOUNCE].  The high-level
   requirements that informed this change were defined in [RFC6949],
   "RFC Series Format Requirements and Future Development."  Plain text

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