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INTERNET-DRAFT                                               H. Flanagan
Intended Status: Informational                                 S. Ginoza
Expires: December 22, 2013                                    RFC Editor
                                                           June 20, 2013

                            RFC Style Guide 
                        draft-flanagan-style-01

Abstract

   This document is a summary of the style conventions and editorial
   policies that apply to the RFC document series.  It captures the RFC
   Editor's fundamental requirements and offers guidance regarding the
   format and structure of an RFC.  While in Internet-Draft format, it
   should be considered for discussion purposes only.  Guidance in from
   this document will not be applied until published as an RFC.  Please
   send your comments to rfc-interest@rfc-editor.org.

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   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal
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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  RFC Editorial Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   3.  RFC Style Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     3.1.  Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     3.2.  Punctuation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     3.3.  Capitalization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     3.4.  Citations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.5.  Abbreviation Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.6.  Protocol Data Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   4.  Structure of an RFC Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     4.1.  First-Page Header  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     4.2.  Full Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     4.3.  Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     4.4.  RFC Editor or Stream Manager Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.5.  Status of This Memo  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.6.  Copyright, Licenses, and IPR Boilerplate . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.7.  Table of Contents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.8.  Body of the Memo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.9.  "Author's Address" Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     4.10.  Running Headers and Footers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   Appendix A.  Related Procedures  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
     A.1. Dispute Resolution  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
     A.2. Returning an I-D to the Stream Manager  . . . . . . . . . . 18
     A.3. Revising This Document and Associated Web Pages . . . . . . 19
   References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
   Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

 

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