HTML Format for RFCs
RFC 7992

Document Type RFC - Informational (December 2016; No errata)
Last updated 2016-12-16
Replaces draft-hildebrand-html-rfc
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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                     J. Hildebrand, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7992                                       Mozilla
Category: Informational                                       P. Hoffman
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                    ICANN
                                                           December 2016

                          HTML Format for RFCs

Abstract

   In order to meet the evolving needs of the Internet community, the
   canonical format for RFCs is changing from a plain-text, ASCII-only
   format to an XML format that will, in turn, be rendered into several
   publication formats.  This document defines the HTML format that will
   be rendered for an RFC or Internet-Draft.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
   and represents information that the IAB has deemed valuable to
   provide for permanent record.  It represents the consensus of the
   Internet Architecture Board (IAB).  Documents approved for
   publication by the IAB are not a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7992.

Copyright Notice

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Hildebrand & Hoffman          Informational                     [Page 1]
RFC 7992                      HTML for RFCs                December 2016

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Requirements for the HTML Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.1.  Requirements for Accessibility  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   3.  HTML Version  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   4.  HTML Syntax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   5.  Common Items  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     5.1.  IDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     5.2.  Pilcrows  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   6.  Front Matter  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     6.1.  DOCTYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     6.2.  Root Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     6.3.  <head> Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       6.3.1.  Charset Declaration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       6.3.2.  Document Title  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       6.3.3.  Document Metadata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       6.3.4.  Link to XML Source  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       6.3.5.  Link to License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       6.3.6.  Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       6.3.7.  Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     6.4.  Page Headers and Footers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     6.5.  Document Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     6.6.  Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   7.  Main Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   8.  Back Matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     8.1.  Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
       8.1.1.  Index Contents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
       8.1.2.  Index Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
       8.1.3.  Index Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
       8.1.4.  Index Subitems  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     8.2.  Authors' Addresses Section  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     8.3.  Document Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   9.  Elements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
     9.1.  <abstract>  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
     9.2.  <address> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     9.3.  <annotation>  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     9.4.  <area>  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     9.5.  <artwork> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
       9.5.1.  Text Artwork  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
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