[rfc-i] "wysiwyg" requirement
Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor)
rse at rfc-editor.org
Wed Jan 16 10:25:52 PST 2013
On 1/15/13 7:17 AM, Tim Bray wrote:
> Don't feed the troll.
> On Jan 15, 2013 12:51 AM, "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke at gmx.de
> <mailto:julian.reschke at gmx.de>> wrote:
> On 2013-01-15 06:52, Martin Rex wrote:
> Tim Bray wrote:
> Except for, nroff is an outdated tool that has no notion of
> integrity (or actually of structure at all), fosters the
> illusion that
> 66-line 80-column monospaced paginated text is anything but
> an accidental
> artifact of long-obsolete display technology, and and whose
> use is rapidly
> heading into the territory of ?actively harmful?.
> My problem is that I can?t help thinking of the IETF as (in
> part) a
> publisher of high-value intellectual content, and that
> content deserves
> better respect than is shown by the use of tools that were
> second-rate 30
> years ago.
> Those who try to deveive themselves and others that displaying
> proportional text would be a trivial, long-solved problem, probably
> do not have the slightest clue what they're actually talking about.
> See this information about how much this is still an area of
> research, trial-and-error, frustration, and user&developer dismay
> because things regularly will not work as expected, and in
> not in the first few releases of a software:
> As far as I can tell, we do not *plan* to *write* software that
> displays proportional fonts. We plan to *use* *existing* software.
> Best regards, Julian
I agree that a WYSIWYG tool can be useful to authors. And, since it
would be used for authors writing I-D rather than the RFCs themselves,
it falls under the purview of the community to create the tool rather
than the RFC Editor to require it. I do hope someone in the community
picks this up and writes one.
-Heather Flanagan, RSE
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