[rfc-i] The hazards of being an editor...

Bob Braden braden at ISI.EDU
Tue Apr 13 11:41:34 PDT 2004


  *> From harald at alvestrand.no  Tue Apr 13 11:36:52 2004
  *> Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 11:17:27 -0700
  *> From: Harald Tveit Alvestrand <harald at alvestrand.no>
  *> To: Bob Braden <braden at ISI.EDU>, rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org
  *> Subject: Re: [rfc-i] The hazards of being an editor...
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  *> In this particular case, the gods of syntax are not only wrong, but 
  *> actively malicious, and should be exorcised, not worshipped. The purpose of 
  *> the quote is to isolate the token "Administrator", not to quote a sentence 
  *> from another source; this is the most common use of quotes in RFCs, I 
  *> believe.
  *> 
  *> My opinion.

Harald,

You are completely correct.  I overlooked the fact that "Adminstrator"
is a token in this case.

thanks,

Bob

  *> 
  *>                       Harald
  *> 
  *> --On 8. april 2004 11:27 -0700 Bob Braden <braden at ISI.EDU> wrote:
  *> 
  *> >
  *> >
  *> > An RFC author sent us the following during the authors' 48 hour review:
  *> >
  *> >   *>
  *> >   *>
  *> >   *> Page 15 (This one I am not sure, but believe the ',' must be outside
  *> >   *> the quotes):
  *> >   *> OLD:
  *> >   *>     In order to apply the the template to all interfaces that have a
  *> > role   *>     match of "Administrator,"
  *> >   *>
  *> >   *> NEW:
  *> >   *>     In order to apply the the template to all interfaces that have a
  *> > role   *>     match of "Administrator",
  *> >   *>              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  *> >   *>
  *> >
  *> > We replied:
  *> >
  *> > Ah, that problem! Strunk & White, "The Elements of Style," say:
  *> >
  *> > 	Typographical usage dictates that the comma be inside the marks,
  *> > 	though logically it often seems not to belong there.
  *> >
  *> > The RFC Editor prides itself on being logical, so we are willing to accept
  *> > either form.  However, the Gods of Syntax do seem to favor ,"
  *> >
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