[rfc-i] Re: [xml2rfc] request to deprecate numeric citations in xml2rfc

Henning Schulzrinne hgs at cs.columbia.edu
Wed Jan 12 05:54:02 PST 2005


I have to (partially) agree with Brian. Unless the symbolic references 
are sorted alphabetically, it is a royal pain to find the reference in a 
list that is more than a few entries long.

> 
> Hate to be contrarian, but I think that numeric references are cleaner
> and nicer, and the IEEE format is downright ugly. It sounds like this is
> a tooling problem, and I'm not sympathetic to making our work product
> look ugly to resolve a tooling problem. Also, if we insist on symrefs, it
> means that authors have to spend time composing cosmetic names instead
> of using any unique string.
> 
> So, what would have to be done to ensure that the nroff output from xml2rfc
> doesn't require manual renumbering of references (which is obviously a 
> stupid
> use of people's time)?
> 
>    Brian
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