[rfc-i] Speaking of presenting RFCs

Bob Hinden bob.hinden at gmail.com
Thu May 17 00:57:26 PDT 2012


On May 17, 2012, at 10:52 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:

> On 2012-05-17 08:53, Bob Hinden wrote:
>> Brian,
>> 
>>> However:
>>> 
>>> Internet Protocol RFC 791
>>> Could not prettify this RFC
>>> 
>>> The source XML for this RFC isn't available, therefore it can't be reformatted.
>> 
>> The tools site does a decent job:
>> 
>>   http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc791
>> 
>> I assume if it can index it and turn it into a pdf, it could do other formats too.
> 
> Unlikely.
> 
> The hard part is to transform fixed lines back into reflowable text. Tools have been written that assist with it, but so far they fail for the complex cases (tables, lists, distinction between prose and artwork).

Perhaps, but the structure of the RFC are regular enough that I bet it can be made to work well enough.  Not perfect, of course.

Bob



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