[rfc-i] diagram issues

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Thu Jun 26 10:06:58 PDT 2014



On 6/26/2014 8:09 AM, Dave Crocker wrote:
> On 6/25/2014 10:13 AM, Joe Touch wrote:
>>> I disagree. Lots of things are too complex to render in an ASCII art
>>> diagram.The usual work-around is factoring - break a single diagram
>>> into several smaller diagrams. This is sometimes a good thing. But other
>>> times it simply makes the relationship between pieces harder to
>>> understand.
>>
>> It would be useful to provide an example. The one's I've seen all
>> benefit greatly from factorization, as did the corresponding discussion.
>
> IMO, and the opinion of others, the ascii art version of the email
> architecture overview is a very unpleasant challenge to peruse:
>
>
>     http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5598.txt
>     Figure 5, page 23
>
> Whereas a graphic version of it is useful:
>
>     http://bbiw.net/specifications/rfc5598-email-arch.html#rfc.figure.5

I don't see them as all that different, but I agree that colors (at 
least) would be useful even in the ASCII art version.

Again, the issue is whether we need to optimize for the incremental 
benefit to corner cases or focus on the common case.

Joe


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