RFC 8792

Handling Long Lines in Content of Internet-Drafts and RFCs, June 2020

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Status:
INFORMATIONAL
Authors:
K. Watsen
E. Auerswald
A. Farrel
Q. Wu
Stream:
IETF
Source:
netmod (ops)

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DOI:  10.17487/RFC8792

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Abstract

This document defines two strategies for handling long lines in width-bounded text content. One strategy, called the "single backslash" strategy, is based on the historical use of a single backslash ('\') character to indicate where line-folding has occurred, with the continuation occurring with the first character that is not a space character (' ') on the next line. The second strategy, called the "double backslash" strategy, extends the first strategy by adding a second backslash character to identify where the continuation begins and is thereby able to handle cases not supported by the first strategy. Both strategies use a self-describing header enabling automated reconstitution of the original content.


For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 4844.


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