RFC (Request For Comment)

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RFCs are public documents outlining a standard in the technology industry. While exhaustive and academic, they provide all the information necessary to implement a standard. They are often used for reference.

RFC 2616 exhaustively documents how to implement HTTP. Don't worry, it's only 147 pages!

A more readable one is RFC4180 which specifies how to format CSV files in a mere 7 pages.

Not all RFC's are computer focused, RFC 2119 is an RFC for people who write RFCs!