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

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Fri Mar 23 09:38:28 PDT 2012


On 2012-03-23 17:23, Joe Hildebrand wrote:
> On 3/23/12 2:27 AM, "Julian Reschke"<julian.reschke at gmx.de>  wrote:
>
>> The picture itself reminds me that having tools that generate things
>> like diagrams from a textual description might be just what we need to
>> bridge from plain text to text + graphics.
>
> There are a couple of big use cases for ASCII art.  Maybe we could start by
> listing those:
>
> - Sequence diagrams
> - State transitions
> - Packet descriptions
> - Architecture layers
>
> I could imagine DSLs like the ones websequencediagrams.com and dot use might
> be helpful both as generation mechanisms as well as alt text.  I do NOT
> think that any of those tools would be required to get started, since the
> status quo with<pre>  tags breaks the log jam.  We could write requirements
> that say in order to embed anything graphical you MUST have an alt
> representation that gets the gist of graphics across to a reader with extra
> time or expertise.

+1



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