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- Edit or Verify - Allows you to edit its contents (see Step 4) and either change its status to Verified or leave it as Reported.
- Hold for Document Update - Marks the report as Held for Document Update, as defined in the IESG statement on "IESG Processing of RFC Errata for the IETF Stream".
Warning: This is a one-click action (there is no Preview or Cancel option). Tip: To make a change to the contents of a report before marking it Held for Document Update, first select "Edit or Verify" to make your changes, then "Post" to save the report. Then, locate the report again and select "Hold for Document Update".
- Reject - Allows you to provide a reason that the report is rejected. When you click "Continue to Report", the report is posted as Rejected. The reason (if provided) is included in the Notes section and in the notification email (Subject: [Errata Rejected]) to the relevant parties.
- Duplicate and Edit - This button is provided for the specific case of detangling a report that contains multiple items. See [Q2].
If you choose Edit or Verify, you are able to edit the following fields:
Type: the type of error, where
Status: change to Verified to indicate the errata is accurate, or leave as Reported if a decision has not been reached.
Section: the number of the section where the error appears [Q3] or "GLOBAL" if the error appears throughout the RFC.
Original Text: the text as it appears in the RFC
Corrected Text: the text as it should appear
Notes: any notes or rationale that are relevant to this report
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From the preview screen, choose "Edit Again" to go back and edit, "Post" to post it online, or "Cancel" (in which case, your edits to the report will not be saved).
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[Q2] How do I handle a report that contains multiple errors?
The Duplicate and Edit option is provided for the purpose of splitting an errata report that contains multiple errors into multiple reports, so that they can be verified/held/rejected and marked Technical/Editorial. It creates a second errata report exactly as the original and allows you to edit it.
For example, if a report contains 15 errors of which you want to verify 5 and reject 10, you could:
- Click "Duplicate and Edit" once (thereby creating 2 records each containing 15 errors).
- Edit a record to contain 5 errors (i.e., remove the 10 errors you want to reject) and mark the report Verified.
- Edit the other record to contain 10 errors (i.e., remove the 5 errors you verified), and mark it Rejected.
- Repeat as necessary to further separate out the errors in order to mark them Technical/Editorial or provide section numbers atomically.
Reports from messages in pending errata often contain more than one error. Typically, the Original Text field contains a list of errors and the Section field contains "99" (to prevent "Section X says:" from appearing). See [Q3].
[Q3] What if the error appears outside a numbered section?
The errata report contains the default text "Section X says:", unless alternate text is provided that is prefixed by the number 99. Text entered after the value 99 will appear verbatim. For example, "99The abstract says:" yields "The abstract says:". Entering the number 99 by itself causes nothing to be displayed before the original text.
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