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RFC Format Framework (RFC7990)

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Original Publication Date: 2016-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Dec-17
Document File: 32 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

H. Flanagan: AUTHOR

Abstract

"RFC Series Format Requirements and Future Development" [RFC6949] discusses the need to improve the display of items such as author names and artwork in RFCs as well as the need to improve the ability of RFCs to be displayed properly on various devices. Based on the discussions with communities of interest, such as the IETF, the RFC Series Editor decided to explore a change to the format of the Series [XML-ANNOUNCE]. This document serves as the framework that describes the problems being solved and summarizes the documents created to- date that capture the specific requirements for each aspect of the change in format.

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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                            H. Flanagan Request for Comments: 7990                                    RFC Editor Category: Informational                                    December 2016 ISSN: 2070-1721

                           RFC Format Framework

Abstract

   In order to improve the readability of RFCs while supporting their    archivability, the canonical format of the RFC Series will be    transitioning from plain-text ASCII to XML using the xml2rfc version    3 vocabulary; different publication formats will be rendered from    that base document.  With these changes comes an increase in    complexity for authors, consumers, and the publisher of RFCs.  This    document serves as the framework that provides the problem statement,    lays out a road map of the documents that capture the specific    requirements, and describes the transition plan.

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/rfc7990.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2016 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                      Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7990                  RFC Format Framework             December 2016

 Table of Contents

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

   2.  Problem Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3

   3.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4

   4.  Overview of the Decision-Making Process . . . . . . . . . . .   4

   5.  Key Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

   6.  Canonical Format Documents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

     6.1.  XML for RFCs  . . . . . . ....