[rfc-i] Proposed new RFC submission requirements

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Sun May 27 19:47:49 PDT 2012



On May 27, 2012, at 4:38 PM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke at gmx.de> wrote:

> On 2012-05-27 20:15, Joe Touch wrote:
>> 
>> On May 27, 2012, at 12:20 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> 
>>> On 2012-05-27 09:04, Joe Touch wrote:
>>>> ...
>>>>> It allows checking the references automatically in a more reliable way.
>>>> 
>>>> By what, for what reason? You're all searching for a universal document format - the library science community has none, but you can do better?
>>> 
>>> Because people get reference wrong all the time, and the easier it is to find those cases, the better. It saves elapsed time for document reviewers and the RFC Editor.
>> 
>> The format should be optimized for longevity first, utility of the output formats second, and flexibility of the author tools third.
>> 
>> Your argument for saving effort on intermediate steps is like writing a compiler that runs very efficiently, but limits what programmers can write and generates terrible code.
>> ...
> 
> My argument is for a source format that contains sufficient information so that the processor can issue warnings when needed *and* can generate the optimal code.


Source formats should be up to the author. 

All formats may need to have components checked. That need not be native to the format. 

Joe


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