[rfc-i] RFC editing tools

Joe Hildebrand (jhildebr) jhildebr at cisco.com
Wed Dec 5 22:26:10 PST 2012


On 12/5/12 8:19 PM, "Ted Lemon" <mellon at fugue.com> wrote:

>xml2rfc and nroff are both ascii-only, or at least utf8-only.   No binary
>junk or undocumented formats.   An alien archaeologist thousands of years
>from now who'd managed to figure out ASCII would have no trouble working
>out what the in-band markup code did.
>
>We would be right, IMHO, to reject any canonical representation that
>involved a complicated binary data file format, particularly one that
>might be undocumented, poorly documented or reverse-engineered.   Such
>formats are not future-proof.

Agree.

>But I think xml2rfc is just as future-proof as plain ASCII.

As is carefully-crafted HTML.  Perhaps even more so, because there will be
a larger corpus for these archaeologists to work from.


-- 
Joe Hildebrand





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