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RFC files that are available

The files listed below are available from via various methods.


  • “Before” means below RFC 8650 (i.e., before the format change).
  • “After” means RFC 8650 and higher (i.e., after the format change). See [4] for information on the format change.

in the primary directory

Description Reference
.txt Before: plain text file
After: the text output of xml2rfc (UTF-8-encoded file with a byte order mark)
RFC 7994
.pdf Before: (rare cases) a scan of a hardcopy RFC or a PDF with images added by authors (see [1] for details).
After: the PDF output of xml2rfc converted to PDF/A-3 using pdfaPilot [2].
RFC 7995
.html Before: HTML created from TXT using rfc2html [3]
After: the HTML output of xml2rfc.
RFC 7992
.xml [Before: if an XML file exists, the RFC Editor can provide it on request.]
After: the source file; the output of the preptool
RFC 7991 and
xml2rfc Schema Documentation
.json metadata file; see [5] for details.

in pdfrfc/

.txt.pdf Before: PDF created directly from the TXT file
[After: This file does not exist. It is replaced by the PDF output of xml2rfc.]

in prerelease/

.notprepped.xml The source file before using xml2rfc --preptool. This is provided for authors who may create a bis document.


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rfc_files_available.txt · Last modified: 2020/09/30 15:20 by arusso