The following documents form the RFC Style Guide.
RFC 7322: "RFC Style Guide"
Quick Reference: New RFC Style Guide changes authors can implement now
This is a quick reference list, but it is not a replacement for
the RFC Style Guide -
please review the entire RFC.
- Add a Table of Contents (ToCs are now required regardless of page length)
- Reorder the Acknowledgements (if applicable), Contributors (if applicable), and Authors' Addresses so they appear in this order at the very end of the document
- Include the draft string of the Internet-Draft being referenced
Internet-Drafts for examples)
- Include URLs for the RFC info pages in RFC references (see Referencing
RFCs for examples)
- Use the English short name listed by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency for country names in Authors' Addresses. See the ISO's "Online Browing Platform (OBP)" at <https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/>
The RPC is manually fixing this item, while the tools do not yet provide
Note that some of these fixes occur in the final
stages of the publication process; i.e., the changes are applied to the
.nroff file to get the required .txt output.
Web Portion of the Style Guide
RFC Series Editor
statement on authorship (May 2015)
Status of This Memo Boilerplate - "Status of
This Memo" text as defined by RFC 5741
Abbreviations List - Expansions of abbreviations (and acronyms) in
Terms List - Table of decisions on consistent usage in RFCs
- IAB-specific format for RFCs in the IAB stream.
Resources for Authors - Provides some writing tips and resources for authors
Reference Entries for RFCs - Available in
TXT and in XML
(for use with xml2rfc).
Reference Entries for STDs and BCPs - Available for the
STD subseries (TXT) and the
BCP subseries (TXT).
Old materials (replaced by the documents above):
This page was last updated on 18 May 2015.