[rfc-i] Now tell me how to communicate this as effectively in plaintext

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Wed Apr 25 19:25:50 PDT 2012

Just for the record: Since you asked, I think the graphics add little
or no value to that document.


On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM, Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have been working on the attached document for several months. It
> describes a proposal to change the structure of PKI. Note that none of
> the other proposals referenced are described in RFC form either, nor
> do the authors have any intention of using that format.
> The subject matter is neither simple nor straightforward. The
> arguments are not straightforward either. PKI is a complicated subject
> because it deals with the real world and the real world is complex.
> While all the diagrams and illustrations are described in the text, it
> is much more likely that people will understand the diagrams than the
> text.
> Now while I could convert this into plaintext format I am not going
> to. I am going to make my argument in the format I think is going to
> be most effective for communication.
> I have the following questions:
> 1) Does anyone seriously want to argue that the document would be
> easier to interpret in plaintext format without any diagrams?
> 2) Do people respect the fact that it would take me a great deal of
> time to write text that could come anywhere near as clear as the
> diagram?
> 3) Does anyone imagine people would read the result?
> 4) Would anyone insist on plaintext if they thought that people had a
> choice in the standards organization they participate in?
> [I understand that the attached file will not work on kindle but I
> would be only too pleased to produce the file in an alternative format
> if we agreed one. Indeed the kindle format might well serve the
> purpose]
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