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RFC 7322, "RFC Style Guide", September 2014

Source of RFC: IAB

Errata ID: 6347
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Technical
Publication Format(s) : TEXT

Reported By: Carsten Bormann
Date Reported: 2020-12-01
Held for Document Update by: Mirja Kühlewind (IAB chair)
Date Held: 2020-12-14

Section says:

   The following format is required when a reference to an erratum
   report is necessary:

      [ErrNumber]  RFC Errata, Erratum ID number, RFC number.

      [Err1912]  RFC Errata, Erratum ID 1912, RFC 2978.

It should say:

   The following format is required when a reference to an errata
   report is necessary:

      [ErrNumber]  RFC Errata Report, EID number, RFC number.

      [Err1912]  RFC Errata Report, EID 1912, RFC 2978.


Errata reports are not errata. Errata are in the original text. Errata reports are reports that indicate the reporter believes to have detected errata; there may be no actual errata, or there may actually be multiple errata touched in one report. As is, the reference is misleading.

However, this hasn't lead to confusion so far and many published RFCs use the current format. As such this is noted as held for document update

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