[rfc-i] The page length of the first page in the RFC series

Magnus Westerlund magnus.westerlund at ericsson.com
Tue Jan 17 00:31:27 PST 2006

Keith Moore wrote:
>> Well, I don't see how you can say this is an bug in MS, to me it seems 
>> to be a bug in the produced RFCs. They don't have the same number of 
>> lines with text.
> That's the whole point in using form feeds - so that all of the pages 
> don't have to have exactly the same number of lines of text, and so that 
> the document will still print with its text aligned on output pages 
> given different type and media sizes.

Sure, but when you have a footer that are always present on the last 
line, then that footer jumps up and down on the pages. If the footer 
wasn't there I wouldn't argue at all, because then I wouldn't notice it.

>> Are you saying that this is an result of my side using MS or the 
>> RFC-editor running MS?
> There's nothing wrong with the RFC's
> RFC document format worked extremely well across the much wider variety 
> of character sizes and file formats that were in use in the mid-1970s 
> when RFCs began to be written, and continued to work just fine on every 
> platform until Microsoft stopped supporting the ability of its OS to 
> print ASCII.

I do use an editor that can print FF properly. I do get new pages after 
each form feed. So please don't confuse the matter with this side track.

As I see it, the used page lengths of RFC varies between pages and is 
clearly visible due to the footer on each page. And if this is not a 
formating "bug", what is it then (a feature ;-))?


Magnus Westerlund

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