[rfc-i] On backwards compatibility for v2

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Mon Feb 10 12:34:17 PST 2014


On 2014-02-10 21:16, Paul Kyzivat wrote:
> On 2/10/14 1:29 PM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> On 2014-02-10 18:03, Dave Crocker wrote:
>>> On 2/10/2014 8:11 AM, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>>>> - There will be good v2-to-v3 conversion tools for when an author
>>>> wants to change versions.
>>>
>>>
>>> So all of the existing corpus of xml2rfc files would have to be
>>> converted, and all of the existing base of user environments would have
>>> to be upgraded?
>>>
>>> Really?
>>
>> I still believe that we can get to a reasonable v3 without having to
>> break existing (valid) documents.
>
> Most of the problems I have had in converting v1 documents to v2 is that
> the v1 documents *aren't* valid. Nevertheless they have processed
> without complaint. But the v2 processor barfs on them in ways that are
> often hard (for me) to figure out.
>
> (I'm not an xml guy, and don't have any xml tools, or expertise in using
> them.)

Yes. That was a problem with the original xml2rfc tool. Hopefully XML 
related problems will be gone due to v2 being more strict when we get to 
v3...

Best regards, Julian



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