[rfc-i] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Tue Jun 24 07:52:22 PDT 2014



On 6/24/2014 7:49 AM, Paul Kyzivat wrote:
> On 6/24/14 10:38 AM, Joe Touch wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 6/24/2014 5:54 AM, Paul Kyzivat wrote:
>>> As an alternative to page numbers, some doc formats use line or
>>> paragraph numbers, that are positioned in margin.  A TOC could reference
>>> these. Of course this would be yet another format.
>>
>> At least one argument I heard for going to new formats is to allow
>> "reflow" of paragraphs for easier reading on various devices.
>>
>> That would destroy the utility of line numbers.
>
> But not paragraph numbers. (Assuming we could come up with a canonical
> way to assign paragraph numbers that is independent of format.

That's the trick, but agreed.

My view is that section numbers are sufficient to pin things down 
roughly; the rest is better done by direct context (quote a portion of 
the text) than by a count-based reference.

Joe


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