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Using Microsoft Word to create Internet Drafts and RFCs (RFC3285)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008247D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-30
Document File: 20 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Gahrns: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document describes the steps to configure the Microsoft Word application to produce documents in Internet Draft and RFC format.

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This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 11% of the total text.

Network Working Group                                          M. Gahrns

Request for Comments: 3285                                     Microsoft

Category: Informational                                          T. Hain

                                                                   Cisco

                                                                May 2002

        Using Microsoft Word to create Internet Drafts and RFCs

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does

   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this

   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2002).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document describes the steps to configure the Microsoft Word

   application to produce documents in Internet Draft and RFC format.

Table of Contents

   1. Overview.......................................................2

   2. Conventions used in this document..............................2

   3. Instructions for producing Internet drafts and RFCs............3

      3.1 Defining Microsoft Word Page Layout and Styles.............4

      3.2 Positioning the document identifiers on the first page.....7

      3.3 Automatic date.............................................8

      3.4 Automatic reference numbering..............................9

   4. Final fixup: the CRLF program.................................11

   5. Known problems................................................16

      5.1 Margins...................................................16

      5.2 Printing..................................................16

      5.3 The Underscore character..................................17

   6. Formal Syntax.................................................17

   7. Security Considerations.......................................17

   References.......................................................17

   Acknowledgements.................................................17

   Authors' Addresses...............................................18

   Full Copyright Statement.........................................19

Gahrns & Hain                Informational                      [Page 1]

RFC 3285         Using MS Word to create I-Ds and RFCs          May 2002

1. Overview

   This document describes the steps to create a Microsoft Word 97 or

   later template to assist those producing Internet drafts.  The

   resulting configuration allows for simple WYSIWYG editing of drafts

   and RFCs while producing output that is in accordance with IETF draft

   and RFC submission specifications.  (72 Characters per line, 58 lines

   per page, each line terminated by a CRLF, and each page followed by a

   LF, etc.)  Using Word's text justification and table capabilities may

   facilitate creating ASCII stick drawings.

   While the authors happen to have been employed by Microsoft during

   much of this document's evolution, it is not a product of Microsoft

   and is unsupported.

   Included is a detailed description of how the RFC Text and RFC

   Heading styles are defined.  This should prove useful to those

   wishing to do further customization work or to create a similar

   template for other versions of Microsoft Word.

   It also includes a description and the source of the CRLF.EXE program

   that is used to create the final text file output.  Feedback about

   this program is consistent with the fact that each version...