PDF Format for RFCs
RFC 7995

Document Type RFC - Informational (December 2016; No errata)
Last updated 2016-12-16
Replaces draft-hansen-rfc-use-of-pdf
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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                         T. Hansen, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7995                             AT&T Laboratories
Category: Informational                                      L. Masinter
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                 M. Hardy
                                                                   Adobe
                                                           December 2016

                          PDF Format for RFCs

Abstract

   This document discusses options and requirements for the PDF
   rendering of RFCs in the RFC Series, as outlined in RFC 6949.  It
   also discusses the use of PDF for Internet-Drafts, and available or
   needed software tools for producing and working with PDF.

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/rfc7995.

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Hansen, et al.                Informational                     [Page 1]
RFC 7995                      PDF for RFCs                 December 2016

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
   2. Choosing PDF Versions and Standards .............................3
   3. Options and Requirements for PDF RFCs ...........................4
      3.1. "Visible" Requirements .....................................5
           3.1.1. General Visible Requirements ........................5
           3.1.2. Page Size and Margins ...............................5
           3.1.3. Headers and Footers .................................5
           3.1.4. Paragraph Numbering .................................6
           3.1.5. Paged Content Layout ................................6
           3.1.6. Typeface Choices ....................................7
           3.1.7. Hyphenation and Line Breaks .........................8
           3.1.8. Hyperlinks ..........................................8
           3.1.9. Similarity to Other Outputs .........................9
      3.2. "Invisible" Options and Requirements ......................10
           3.2.1. Internal Text Representation .......................10
           3.2.2. Unicode Support ....................................11
           3.2.3. Image Processing (Artwork) .........................12
           3.2.4. Text Description of Images (Alt-Text) ..............12
           3.2.5. Metadata Support ...................................12
           3.2.6. Document Structure Support .........................13
           3.2.7. Embedded Files .....................................13
      3.3. Digital Signatures ........................................14
   4. Security Considerations ........................................15
   5. References .....................................................16
      5.1. Normative References ......................................16
      5.2. Informative References ....................................17
   Appendix A. History and Current Use of PDF with RFCs and
               Internet-Drafts .......................................18
     A.1. RFCs .......................................................18
     A.2. Internet-Drafts ............................................18
   Appendix B. Paged Content Layout Quality ..........................18
   Appendix C. Tooling ...............................................19
     C.1. PDF Viewers ................................................19
     C.2. Printers ...................................................19
     C.3. PDF Generation Libraries ...................................20
     C.4. Typefaces ..................................................20
     C.5. Other Tools ................................................20
   IAB Members at the Time of Approval ...............................21
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