[rfc-i] not just 'lineprinter' (was Re: Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt)

Riccardo Bernardini framefritti at gmail.com
Mon Jun 30 03:08:56 PDT 2014


On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM, Dearlove, Christopher (UK)
<chris.dearlove at baesystems.com> wrote:
> A heresy, but the minimum effort approach I have to printing the current
> text format, is to open it in Microsoft Word (which I can do with one right
> click and select) and print (another couple of clicks).
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> I’m not trying to defend the current approach on that basis, and I realise
> that’s completely at variance with everything that’s a good requirement.
> It’s just a convenient hack which I stumbled across by accident. And of
> course it only works if you happen to use Word.

Well, Word is not necessary at all.  I can do that with any basic
editor (e.g., emacs, gedit, jedit, ...), with correct pagination too.
I can also print it directly from my browser with just a Ctl-P.

Best regards,

Riccardo

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> On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM, Dave Crocker <dhc at dcrocker.net> wrote:
>> This use of 'lineprinter' as a tag for text presentation is a clever bit
>> of distracting marketing.  It places this category of RFC representation
>> into a nicely archaic box, serving to reduce the sense of its current
>> utility.
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> It’s also a useful reminder in that getting an ASCII RFC to print properly
> on a modern page-not-line printer is nontrivial; I can rarely get it to
> work.
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>> The only problem is that printing is not its only use and well might not
>> be its primary use.
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>> By way of the simplest possible example, please note that IETF
>> discussions about draft revisions usually are in a form that is based on
>> the text version and not on a markup version.  Sometimes xml2rfc form is
>> used, but not that often.  Essentially never in html or epub or...
>>
>> Consider this the next time you see or create an old/new sequence during
>> a discussion and let's stop trying to marginalize the text version with
>> inappropriate tags.
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