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RFC Style Guide (RFC7322)

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Original Publication Date: 2014-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Sep-27
Document File: 48 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

H. Flanagan: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The ultimate goal of the RFC publication process is to produce documents that are readable, clear, consistent, and reasonably uniform. The basic formatting conventions for RFCs were established in the 1970s by the original RFC Editor, Jon Postel. This document describes the fundamental and unique style conventions and editorial policies currently in use for the RFC Series [RFC4844]. It is intended as a stable, infrequently updated reference for authors, editors, and reviewers.

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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                            H. Flanagan Request for Comments: 7322                                     S. Ginoza Obsoletes: 2223                                               RFC Editor Category: Informational                                   September 2014 ISSN: 2070-1721

                             RFC Style Guide

Abstract

   This document describes the fundamental and unique style conventions    and editorial policies currently in use for the RFC Series.  It    captures the RFC Editor's basic requirements and offers guidance    regarding the style and structure of an RFC.  Additional guidance is    captured on a website that reflects the experimental nature of that    guidance and prepares it for future inclusion in the RFC Style Guide.    This document obsoletes RFC 2223, "Instructions to RFC Authors".

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 5741.

   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/rfc7322.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2014 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the    document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal    Provisions Relating to IETF Documents    (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of    publication of this document.  Please review these documents    carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect    to this document.

Flanagan & Ginoza             Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7322                     RFC Style Guide              September 2014

 Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3

   2. RFC Editor's Philosophy .........................................4

   3. RFC Style Conventions ...........................................5

      3.1. Language ...................................................5

      3.2. Punctuation ................................................5

      3.3. DNS Names and URIs .........................................6

      3.4. Capitalization .................................