[rfc-i] Section Ordering in RFCs (Abstract Placement)

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Fri Jul 3 01:21:33 PDT 2009

RFC Editor wrote:
> Greetings All,
> The recent changes to the copyright for RFCs (RFC 5378), and the
> changes that will be required when
> draft-iab-streams-headers-boilerplates-08.txt is published, often
> result in the abstract not appearing on the front page of the RFC.
> We concur with the IETF-list comments that expressed a desire to
> keep the abstract on the front page of the RFC.  For this reason, the
> RFC Editor recommends the following section order as the initial
> contents of an RFC.  
> RFC header/Author information
> RFC Title
> Abstract
> Status of this Memo
> [IESG Note - when required]
> Copyright 
> The RFC Editor will implement this change as of 1 July 2009.
> We will make requests with the appropriate individuals for the
> templates and tools to be updated accordingly.  However, we will
> reorder the sections manually during the final publication stage until
> the updated tools are available.
> Thank you.
> RFC Editor
> ...

Did you consider that this change makes it much more likely that the 
Copyright information will not be on the front page anymore, which would 
be in violation of 
<http://trustee.ietf.org/docs/IETF-Trust-License-Policy.pdf>, Point 6:

"6. Text To Be Included in IETF Documents. The following text must be 
included on the first page of each IETF Document as specified below:"

BR, Julian

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