[rfc-i] Use of PDF/A for archiving RFC's

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Wed Mar 21 15:38:01 PDT 2012


RFCs don't have images and the CSS can easily be made self-contained.

HTML also easily allows for metadata in the document header.

So while there may be other issues to chew over, self-containment isn't one
of them.
On Mar 21, 2012 12:26 PM, "Leonard Rosenthol" <lrosenth at adobe.com> wrote:

> As Joe stated, I guess it depends on what your goals are.
>
> HTML4 (or XHTML) might be a potential solution as it's well established
> standard that has been accepted by many countries and organizations.  It
> can be verified with existing tooling and there exists viewers that will
> render it.   HTML5, however, is a moving target that wouldn't begin to
> qualify (IMO).
>
> On the other hand, it is not self-contained (eg. Images are separate)
> which means storage & exchange are more difficult.  Also no support for
> signatures or authenticity mechanisms or for metadata.
>
> Leonard
>
> From: Tim Bray <tbray at textuality.com>
> Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:19:22 -0700
> To: Leonard Rosenthol <lrosenth at adobe.com>
> Cc: "rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org" <rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org>
> Subject: Re: [rfc-i] Use of PDF/A for archiving RFC's
>
> What advantage would PDF/A have over HTML? Seems to me that HTML would
> have equal longevity and is immensely more flexible in terms of usable
> delivery technologies.
> On Mar 21, 2012 10:19 AM, "Leonard Rosenthol" <lrosenth at adobe.com> wrote:
>
>> Hello.****
>>
>> ** **
>>
>> I have heard that you are investigating formats for use in archiving
>> RFCs, and I’d like to propose the use of PDF/A (ISO 19005) for that purpose.
>> ****
>>
>> ** **
>>
>> I’ve put together a short presentation that I hope clearly introduces
>> PDF/A and its benefits as part of a solution for future RFC distribution &
>> archiving.****
>>
>> ** **
>>
>> Thanks for your consideration,****
>>
>> Leonard Rosenthol****
>>
>> PDF Architect, Adobe Systems****
>>
>> ISO Project Leader, ISO 19005 (PDF/A)****
>>
>> ** **
>>
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