[rfc-i] Format for STDs, BCPs, FIYs

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Fri Aug 17 09:54:21 PDT 2012


On 8/17/12 12:23 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 2012-08-16 23:37, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
>> On 8/16/12 6:26 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>>> Hi there,
>>>
>>> one thing we should keep in mind when defining new formats is that it
>>> would be really good to have a usable representation for STDs, BCPs, and
>>> FIYs (which can be a collection of multiple documents).
>>>
>>> Right now, tools.ietf.org serves HTML for these (example:
>>> http://tools.ietf.org/html/bcp9), but the result is somewhat broken
>>> because it's just the concatenation of multiple files (which makes th
>>> HTML not only hard to use but also invalid).
>>>
>>> Best regards, Julian
>>
>> Hi Julian -
>>
>> My first thought is that this is feature request for the RFC Ed website
>> on how we might logically link associated RFC together, not a request to
>> consider something new in how individual RFC are formatted.  Is that
>> correct?
>>
>> -Heather
> 
> Yes and no.
> 
> I was bringing it up here because it would be good to keep this use case
> in mind while coming up with a new format.
> 
> For instance, paginated-with-page-numbers doesn't work well if you want
> a single file for a multi-RFC BCP (and that's what we have today).
> 
> Best regards, Julian

Would you want a single file for all the RFC in a multi-RFC BCP or would
you want a tar ball of discrete files?  This doesn't touch the citation
concerns, but it is another way we could consider bundling RFC docs.

-Heather



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