[rfc-i] Who uses Word, was Proposed new RFC submission requirements
mrex at sap.com
Mon Jun 4 17:49:32 PDT 2012
Brian E Carpenter wrote:
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> Martin Rex wrote:
> > That is unnecessary for the submission format and should therefore be
> > at discretion of the authoring tools. Automated generation of section
> > numbers requires a lot of code (for the tools) and meta-data to
> > be created&maintained (for the author), and for documents up to 50
> > pages there is no benefit except maybe for some very chaotic authors.
> Automated internal cross-references are an enormous benefit even for
> the least chaotic authors.
It really depends on the author!
For small documents, I found them to be counterproductive(!) for documents
of less than 50 pages, i.e. the effort to maintain and update the
meta-data exceeds the maintenance of the references itself.
Often there are few internal cross-links anyway, and consciously
tracking changes of cross-references when doing major surgery on
a document helps keeping the mental model in sync with the
But then, there are folks that use the mouse to copy single words because
of how slow they type. I am often too lazy to move my hand off the
keyboard and over to the mouse and rather re-type a whole line.
This probably depends on one's typing speed. At 200+cps, retyping
a whole line does not take very long.
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