[rfc-i] Scanning non-ASCII text

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Tue Sep 25 18:54:11 PDT 2012


Greetings again. The -00 draft gives as an argument for keeping the all-ASCII requirement:

      *  In extreme cases of having to retype/scan hard copies of
         documents (it has been required in the past) ASCII is
         significantly easier to work with for rescanning and retaining
         all of the original information.  There can be no loss of
         descriptive metadata such as keywords or content tags.

This doesn't hold up for two reasons. First, scanning software has handled non-ASCII characters just fine for well over a decade. Second, and more important: no RFC created in the future will exist only in a printed version.

Proposal: remove this bullet from the draft entirely.

--Paul Hoffman


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