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Convert text-format RFCs and Internet-Drafts to html

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Htmlizing IETF Text Documents

This module contains one single function, `markup(text)` which adds HTML markup to what is assumed to be an IETF document (usually an Internet-Draft or an RFC):

from rfc2html import markup
with open('rfc3344.txt') as file:
    text = file.read()
html = markup(text)

As a historic artifact of being a document series which was started at the time when the easiest way of distributing a ‘Request For Comments’ was to type it up on a typewriter and mimeographing it, RFCs and Internet-Drafts have traditionally been published as plaintext documents with a maximum line length of 72 characters.

This format isn’t particularly appropriate in a web-centric world, howerver, so starting in 2002, Henrik Levkowetz started using scripts to convert the plaintext documents into HTML documents with the same look-and-feel as the plaintext originals, but with internal and external HTML links in order to facilitate browsing.

Since 2004, the resulting documents have been made available on tools.ietf.org.

This module is a packaging of the htmlization code from version 1.113 of the htmlizing script. Earlier version of the script are available at tools.ietf.org/tools/rfcmarkup

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