HyperText Markup Language Request For Comments Format

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Network Working Group                                      J. Hildebrand
Internet-Draft                                       Cisco Systems, Inc.
Intended status: Informational                               H. Flanagan
Expires: December 8, 2014                                     RFC Editor
                                                            June 6, 2014

         HyperText Markup Language Request For Comments Format


   This document defines the HTML format that should be used for the
   production of Internet-Drafts and RFCs.  The HTML output will include
   a default CSS to enable page layout, and the HTML itself includes
   semantic information only.  This format will be rendered from the
   canonical XML format for an RFC.

Status of This Memo

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1.  Introduction

1.1.  Background

   The RFC Series has been in existence for over 40 years.  During much
   of that time, the limitations of character set, line and page length,
   and graphics restrictions of RFC documents met the most immediate
   needs of the majority of authors and readers.  As technology changed,
   new formats that allowed for a richer set of edit, search and display
   features came in to use, and tools were created to convert the plain
   ASCII documents to other desired formats such as HTML, PDF, and
   Microsoft Word.  While the converted versions of the RFCs are widely
   available, the canonical display format remains the plain text,
   ASCII, line-printer structured one.

   In 2013, after a great deal of community discussion, the decision was
   made to shift from the plain text, ASCII-only canonical format to XML
   [I-D.hoffman-xml2rfc].  Several different publication formats will be
   rendered from that canonical XML, including HTML, PDF, TXT, and EPUB.

   This memo describes an HTML format that will be used as one of the
   publication formats for the RFC Series.  It defines a strict subset
   of HTML appropriate for Internet-Draft and RFC Series documents, and
   serves as a comprehensive example of all of the HTML elements that
   are permissible.  The CSS that defines the visual layout, while
   included in the HTML file, will be described in a separate document
   [W3C.REC-CSS2-20110607].  The HTML itself will represent semantic
   information only.

1.2.  Terminology

   In this document, the key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED",
   and "OPTIONAL" are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14, RFC 2119

2.  Requirements for HTML

   The HTML has to render correctly on the following:

   o  the latest released versions of Chrome, Firefox, and IE running on
      Windows 8 in November 2013

   o  the latest released versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari
      running on Mac OS X 10.9 in November 2013

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   o  the latest released versions of Chrome and Safari running on iOS 7
      in November 2013

   o  the latest released versions of Chrome and Firefox running on
      Ubuntu 13.10 in November 2013

   o  the latest released versions of Chrome and Firefox running on
      Android 4.1 in November 2013

   These requirements are expected to change in the future to reflect
   the expectation that HTML rendering will be required for current
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