[rfc-i] Experiment with Unicode in HTML/PDF (was: Re: RFC Format BoF)

"Martin J. Dürst" duerst at it.aoyama.ac.jp
Sun Mar 25 21:03:11 PDT 2012

Hello Heather, others,

This is a submission of a lightning talk in the form of an Internet 
Draft in three versions:

ASCII text: http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-duerst-eai-mailto-03
(including http://tools.ietf.org/id/draft-duerst-eai-mailto-03.txt for 
the total purists)

PDF: http://tools.ietf.org/pdf/draft-duerst-eai-mailto-03.pdf

(hosted personally)

The PDF and HTML versions contain non-ASCII characters where 
appropriate. The text version uses various fallbacks as appropriate.

The parts of interest are the author's list, the examples in sections 
6.4 and 6.5, the Acknowledgments, and references [RFC3987] and [RFC6530].

Unfortunately, I will not be able to actually present the lightning 
talk, because I'm in Japan and it will be past midnight when you have 
the BOF. But maybe somebody else can volunteer?

Some further background:

I choose this draft because it is not yet a WG draft, and it was 
therefore a bit easier to play around, i.e. without having to get WG 
buy-in. There are still many technical fixes that I'm planning for this 
draft, and for this mailing list and BOF, the technical content of the 
draft is of course secondary (although I'd want to stress that the 
change in how the technical content comes across depending on whether 
Unicode is used or not is the whole point of the exercise).

[In case there are technical questions or comments, please send them to 
the (first) author(s) or to the EAI WG mailing list (ima at ietf.org; the 
'ima' isn't a typo).]

The production was handled by augmenting the XML source with additional 
attributes (e.g., an attribute ifullname to parallel the fullname 
attribute on <author>) and selective elements (<aonly> for text that 
goes only into the ascii version; <ionly> for text that goes only into 
the 'internationalized' version).

 From this common source, two separated xml files are produced by XSLT, 
and then the .txt and .html version are produced with xml2rf.tcl, all of 
which is organized by a very simple script written in Ruby. I'll happily 
share these once they are cleaned up a bit more.

For the conversion from HTML to PDF, I used the "Save As" option in MS 
Word, after heavily shrinking the left and right margins to make sure I 
didn't get disturbing linebreaks in the artwork.

Please note that I'm less than happy with the details of the HTML 
styling and the PDF formatting. I can go into details if necessary.

Regards,    Martin.

On 2012/03/15 5:08, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
> Hi all -
> It's almost recursive: this is a message about the format of the RFC
> Format BoF.   As mentioned in an earlier post, I want the BoF to be
> informal, with the audience providing the information.  I do not want it
> to be so informal that we devolve in to food fights and dart gun wars
> (we can save that for another time).  So, in order to find a balance and
> to effectively use our hour, we will be structuring the BoF as a series
> of lightning talks with a general introduction.
> Individuals who wish to present their concerns and suggestions regarding
> images and internationalization, two problems often referred to
> collectively as "The ASCII Problem", must contact Nevil and I by
> Thursday, March 22.  Remote participation in the BoF is expected, so I
> will ask for a Very Short slide deck by 09:00 March 26, Paris time, so
> that people not in the room have time to review the slides.  There may
> not be time for everyone to talk (depends on how many people ask to
> participate) but we will do what we can.
> Lightning talks are short and to the point.  Do not expect more than 5
> minutes to make your point(s) since there will probably be 5 minutes of
> questions and rebuttal after.  We will have a hard stop at 18:10 as
> requested by the Secretariat.
> See you in Paris!
> Heather Flanagan, RSE
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