[rfc-i] Following up from Atlanta
julian.reschke at gmx.de
Tue Dec 4 00:10:19 PST 2012
On 2012-12-03 20:32, Nico Williams wrote:
> I was in the room in Atlanta and wanted to re-state my comments
> (somewhat modified since Atlanta) on the list for the record:
> - I would dearly like to retain an Internet-Draft and RFC display form
> that is amenable to display on text-based terminals.
Lynx is your friend.
> Unicode, color, line drawing characters -- these are all OK from this
> point of view. Though I second comments that color not be used in
> ways that are essential to convey meaning, for accessibility reasons.
> - Fixed-width fonts are critical for some things: ascii art, and code,
> for example.
Yes. But just for that.
> The type of font to use should be up to the editor(s). This means that
> a tool like xml2rfc needs to provide some measure of control over this
> (but we don't really want to specify specific fonts, just whether it should
> be fixed-width or not).
I believe allowing arbitrary fonts would not lead to consistent look and
> - If there is such a thing as a "canonical" format I don't much care which
> format that is. As long as the information in the document does not
> change substantially between formats there's really no need to
> declare one format or another "canonical". I expect that documents
> which include media that cannot easily or at all be rendered as text
> will have to have an HTML or PDF or such format be canonical, but we
> should encourage authors to keep their documents faithfully
> renderable as text.
> - Note that text is probably the most accessible way to render
> I-Ds and RFCs. This is a great reason to keep text renderings around.
What exactly do you mean by "render" here? And are you seriously saying
plain text is more accessible than HTML?
> - I don't care what format is used for the source, though any format
> which lends itself well to diff/merge will be welcomed as such
> formats facilitate cooperation over distributed version control systems.
Best regards, Julian
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