[rfc-i] RFC diff and patch for errata
dev+ietf at seantek.com
Sat Sep 24 06:09:11 PDT 2016
The topic of errata management has come up in recent weeks.
I was wondering if "RFC diff and patch" for errata would be seen as a
useful thing. Specifically, errata could be uploaded and saved with an
additional patch file, that is the output of the industry standard diff
-u. This would be especially helpful, for example, for correcting errors
in normative code or notation such as ASN.1, ABNF, XML, YANG, etc.
The main issue with the plain text format is that if not managed
"judiciously", a patch could cause more than 56 lines (or 58 lines) to
appear on a page. I assume that it is very undesirable to shift the
pagination boundaries due to an errata change, so something else would
have to give for errata that can't be corrected without changes to the
line count. But I think that 99% of errata can be handled without
changes to the line count.
The xml2rfc format has other issues, namely the lack of a diff/patch
tool for XML that rises to the level of "industry standard" akin to diff
-u. But tools exist.
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