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

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Wed Jun 25 08:48:17 PDT 2014


On Jun 25, 2014, at 8:31 AM, Paul Kyzivat <pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> On 6/24/14 9:50 PM, John Levine wrote:
>>>> I'm particularly concerned about the notion that figures that aren't
>>>> available as ASCII-art will be resolved using URLs.
>>> 
>>> Do you have a better suggestion?
>> 
>> I'd think that if someone deeply cared about this, it wouldn't be hard
>> for him to write a postprocessor that that fetches the image URL,
>> renders the SVG into a bitmap using one of the many available
>> libraries, then passes that through something like ppmascii to turn
>> the bitmap into ASCII art and stick that into the text file.
> 
> The fundamental problem is resolution. You can make a drawing with a lot of fine lines, differing line styles, labels with small fonts, and labels written vertically, that you cannot render in ascii art.

It is difficult to replicate a Van Gogh in ASCII art, but IMO diagrams that are too complex for one page of ASCII art are also probably not useful as protocol diagrams either.

I fear that SVG will be an excuse for illegible diagrams.

Joe


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