[rfc-i] Comments in the canonical RFCs

Paul Hoffman paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Thu May 8 10:44:34 PDT 2014


On May 8, 2014, at 9:54 AM, Paul Kyzivat <pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> Maybe this was discussed before, but why are XML comments forbidden in the canonical format?

They could easily make the semantics of the RFC really horrible.

<t>The client MUST abort if it sees this signal.
<!-- Paul Kyzivat showed where this might not always be a good idea, but the WG
had already lost steam and let it go. -->
</t>

> I often use comments to provide info of relevance to those editing the document. While these may become less useful when the document becomes an RFC, they could be useful again in the future if a bis version of the RFC is to be generated.

Specific examples would be useful here.

--Paul Hoffman


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