[rfc-i] RFC format: any discussions at the Paris IETF?

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Sun Feb 26 20:23:26 PST 2012

On Feb 26, 2012, at 7:35 PM, Tim Bray wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM, Joe Touch <touch at isi.edu> wrote:
>> FWIW, my point is that a form that doesn't have a WYSIWYG editor is, IMO,
>> DOA.
> I wasn't aware of any authoring technology in which What You See
> (while writing) will approximate What You Get (while reading) on a
> 3.5" handset, a 7" tablet, a 10" tablet, an Amazon Kindle, a 11"
> MacBook Air, the 30" monitor often found on often office desktops, US
> letter-size paper, and European A4.

With the exception of Kindle (which I don't have, so cannot verify), all of the above work for me on a daily basis for PDF and DOC/DOCX. 

For paper printout, "shrink to fit" addresses the actual pagesize differences. The rest allow zoom and pan.

There are certainly other issues; those formats are great for consistent viewing, but may not be archival. I'm assuming that we have several desirable points doc evolution to consider - again, this is a fairly old issue:

- generation
- archiving
- displaying
- searching

My point is that discussions on document formats should never focus on just one of these stages, but are a tradeoff among all four (at least - there may be others). A format that's easy to display may not be easy to render.

However, I consider XML a non-starter, since it's been around for quite a long while and there is still no "modern" editor.

I consider "modern" an editor that doesn't force authors to write in source code. That's no more appropriate now for the IETF than are direct use of typed HTTP commands.


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