[rfc-i] Keeping some of the PIs from v2 in v3, but as an actual part of the grammar

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Tue Mar 18 10:32:18 PDT 2014


Greetings again. In the v3 format, XML PIs (processor instructions) will be ignored. However, there are some PIs in v2 that are probably useful in v3, mostly for Internet Drafts but a few for producing the non-canonical representations.

A hopefully-complete list of v2 PIs are at <http://xml.resource.org/authoring/README.html#anchor6>. Many of the PIs on that list are of very marginal value, and given that few people knew of them, can probably be ignored for v3. Some of them are actively harmful for v3, such as those that would suppress valuable information in the non-canonical representations. I believe that the following list could be of value in v3:

compact
inline
sortrefs
subcompact
symrefs
toc
tocappendix
tocdepth

These could be added as new attributes in the <rfc> element, or could be attributes in an new element that is a child to <rfc>; the former seems easier and not onerous.

Thoughts?

--Paul Hoffman


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