[rfc-i] "wysiwyg" requirement

"Martin J. Dürst" duerst at it.aoyama.ac.jp
Sat Nov 10 17:39:55 PST 2012

Hello Andrew,

On 2012/11/10 20:24, Andrew G. Malis wrote:
> Julian,
> NroffEdit gives you two windows next to each other, one with the nroff
> input and the other with the rendered output. You can edit in either window
> and the other window is automatically updated in real time to reflect the
> change. Both the .nroff and .txt are also saved to your disk
> simultaneously. That should satisfy your requirement.

Let me explain Julian's point a bit more.

The fact that you can see the "final" document is in many ways a big 
advantage, because it helps you see whether your nroff instructions make 
any sense or not. But the problem is that it only makes sure that one 
single view of the document looks right or not.

As soon as we have more than one version of the document (which we 
essentially already have, because we have PDF and HTML views, which many 
people prefer over the simple plaintext view, and there is metadata in 
various forms, which can also be seen as a view on the document), there 
is a danger that by trying to fix something so that the view you see 
looks better, the other views, the ones you don't see, will deteriorate.

Regards,   Martin.

> Cheers,
> Andy
> On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:09 AM, Julian Reschke<julian.reschke at gmx.de>wrote:
>> On 2012-11-10 03:29, Andrew G. Malis wrote:
>>> Heather,
>>> Two comments that were missed in the minutes:
>>> 1. Stefan was thanked for his work on NroffEdit.
>>> 2. If the revisable format changes from nroff, RFC authors will need
>>> WYSIWYG editing tools at least as easy to use as NroffEdit.
>>> ...
>> But then, a WYSIWYG editor is much simpler if all it needs to support is
>> our old format.
>> Furthermore, "what you see is what you get" also can mean "what you see is
>> *all* you get". So what's important is that it's easy to edit the
>> document's structure, not to be able to preview the result in
>> 72-characters-per-line fixed-width font format.
>> Best regards, Julian
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