[rfc-i] Resetting this format debate a bit
touch at isi.edu
Sun Mar 25 18:14:35 PDT 2012
On 3/25/2012 3:16 PM, Tim Bray wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM, Michael Richardson<mcr at sandelman.ca> wrote:
>> Tim> 3. There are those who are irritated because many RFCs are provided in
>> Tim> a form that I can’t print on a Mac
>> Why is this our problem?
>> Why isn't a bug in the MAC/Windows printing eco-system, that apparently
>> .txt files with ^L characters no longer work?
> We want implementors of Internet software to use our specifications,
> and it would seem like a good thing to remove barriers to this
> happening. The fact that a very high proportion of implementors choose
> to use operating systems that lack good support for the legacy spec
> format may displease us, but I don't think it's very smart to ignore
> the problem. -Tim
We do need to differentiate between the legacy spec format and the
format we all use on a daily basis.
The latter can be generated in a variety of forms that are useful at any
E.g., consider that microfiche is a great archive format (long-lasting,
high density, etc.), but it's terrible for daily use, and thus was
rarely considered for that purpose (magnified printouts were used instead).
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