[rfc-i] Availability of XML Sources

Paul Kyzivat pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu
Thu Jan 2 08:02:51 PST 2014

The situation is a bit different for *drafts*.

Currently, when you submit a new draft version you *may* also submit an 
xml. And IIUC, the xml is then available to others IFF it was submitted 
with the draft.

I think there are a lot of cases where people *are* authoring drafts 
with xml2rfc, but aren't always submitting the xml. (E.g., they may only 
submit the xml when the draft is going to the RFC editor.)

It would be a nice it we could at least *encourage* the submission of 
xml whenever the author has it available. One way to do that would be to 
allow the submission of xml in lieu of txt, with the submission tool 
then doing the conversion. That has the benefit of ensuring that the two 
are consistent.


On 12/31/13 2:15 PM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
> On 12/30/13 7:38 PM, Jonas Hermsmeier wrote:
>> Is there any way I can get a hold on the XML sources of *all* RFCs?
>> It seems only for few RFCs can the XML file be found somewhere.
>> Is there a specific reason that they're not available on the website?
>> It would actually be quite useful to be able to access them the same way as
>> TXT and HTML formats can be accessed.
> Hi Jonas,
> As others have already mentioned, not all RFCs have an XML file.  For
> those that do have an XML file, that file may not contain all of the
> content found in the final, published version of an RFC.  The last step
> before publication involves converting the XML to nroff, and changes to
> the text may still happen after the work with the XML file is done.
> If you are looking for the XML file of a particular RFC, send a message
> to rfc-editor at rfc-editor.org and we will send you the file if it is
> available (along with more caveats regarding the fact it may not contain
> all the content found in the published RFC).
> -Heather
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