[rfc-i] Relation to other RFCs - Updates

SM sm at resistor.net
Wed May 2 23:41:51 PDT 2012


Hi Martin,

[following up on rfc-i]

At 10:50 02-05-2012, Martin Rex wrote:
>The rfc2223 document title is "Instruction to RFC Authors".  The Updates:
>header has a purely editorial meaning for the *new* document, but the
>result can certainly be very technical for the *old* document!

According to rfc-editor.org, RFC 2223 is not part of the style 
guide.  There is currently a request at 
http://www.rfc-editor.org/pipermail/rfc-interest/2012-April/003307.html 
about changing the status of RFC 2223.

>Updates: should only be used if the change is supposed to apply not only

I am ok with what you said.  However, the published information only says:

   "Specifies an earlier document whose contents are modified or
    augmented by the new document.  The new document cannot be
    used alone, it can only be used in conjunction with the
    earlier document."

>But there is a certain mess in the meta-data of published RFCs.

If that is your opinion, and given that you have been around for some 
time, picture what people with less familiarity would say.

Regards,
-sm 



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