[rfc-i] Data point [Re: Fwd:I-D ACTION:draft-hoffman-utf8-rfcs-03.txt]

Joe Touch touch at ISI.EDU
Tue Oct 7 13:08:10 PDT 2008


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Julian Reschke wrote:
> Joe Touch wrote:
>> xml2rfc is a way to write docs, not to read or print them.
> 
> I didn't claim otherwise.
> 
> text/plain in UTF-8 displays fine in browsers, and prints fine once you
> can a short script on them, or use the service on tools.ietf.org. For
> any platform that has a relatively modern web browser.

The point of ASCII is the ubiquity of the platforms that are supported.

Requiring a 'relatively modern web browser' - and assuming that these
files are viewed only after processed by an HTML-izer - isn't a
baby-step. It destroys point-and-click viewabilty we've had for a decade
or more.

...
> OK, just to make sure I get that right: you did manage to get Word to
> produce ASCII RFCs, and you like that. You do not know how to get Word
> to produce UTF-8.
> 
> That's sufficient reason for not *allowing* that format

A format that can be generated by exactly one tool isn't a baby step
forward either.

Joe
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