[rfc-i] Should Figures be allowed to float?

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Fri Jan 10 14:46:10 PST 2014

On 1/9/14 8:00 PM, Jim Schaad wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Paul Hoffman [mailto:paul.hoffman at vpnc.org]
>> Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2014 5:47 PM
>> To: Jim Schaad
>> Cc: RFC Interest
>> Subject: Re: [rfc-i] Should Figures be allowed to float?
>> On Jan 9, 2014, at 12:57 PM, Jim Schaad <ietf at augustcellars.com> wrote:
>>> The current layout rules are all based on the assumption that figures
> are
>> going to be placed in-line in the text and not allowed to float freely and
>> allow for the text to flow around them in those cases where it makes
> sense.
>> I have been working on a document where there is a picture and a set of
>> steps.  Allowing the step description to flow around the picture of the
> steps
>> would probably improve the reading experience for this document.
>> This seems like a minor improvement for a lot of UI pain. The "allow to
>> float" attribute would need to say how far the figure would be able to
> float;
>> getting the units right on that would be daunting, to say the least. Can
> you
>> quantify "probably improve"?
> If you look at this page, you can see the type of thing I am referring to.
> http://html.net/tutorials/css/lesson13.php

My impression is that this looks somewhat useful, but is probably more
complicated than I'm willing to get in to for this round of format
modifications.  My preference is to get the big changes done now, have
everyone gain experience with those changes, and then look at what else
will be of value to the authors and readers and editors of RFCs.


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