[rfc-i] prototype xml2rfc creation wizard tool

Tony Hansen tony at att.com
Thu Mar 31 04:11:56 PDT 2011

Thank you everyone who's tried out the XML2RFC internet draft creation 
wizard. I've folded in most of the comments and I think it's just about 
ready to release to the community.

I'd appreciate any further comments before I do so (probably tomorrow).

One of the comments suggested showing the output of xml2rfc as things 
are being generated. The current form does absolutely nothing remotely 
until the very end when you want to download the file to your browser, 
and I think the overhead of showing the xml2rfc output constantly would 
be onerous. However, it *would* be possible to add in a "preview" button 
on the final page. What do people think of that idea?


On 3/30/2011 7:36 AM, Tony Hansen wrote:
> One of the areas people still complain about with respect to writing 
> internet drafts is how to get started.
> So I've been playing around with a tool to help create the xml2rfc XML 
> for a -00 internet draft. It works in wizard fashion, asking you a 
> variety of questions and generates the XML on the fly. At the end, you 
> can either cut and paste the generated XML or click a download button 
> to save it to a file.
> Please try it out: http://xml.resource.org/xml2rfc-wizard
> All thoughts on it are welcome, even if you think it's a horrible 
> idea. If you think it's a good idea, I'd like to hear about 
> improvements to the user interface, where did I go wrong, and what 
> else is needed.
> Also, any thoughts on where to go from here would be appreciated. Is 
> the notion of a set of wizards a good one? What other wizards would be 
> helpful?
> I'm thinking that this wizard, and possibly others, would eventually 
> be linked to from the xml.resource.org web page.
>     Tony Hansen
>     tony at att.com

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