[rfc-i] normative illustrations vs text

Larry Masinter masinter at adobe.com
Fri Apr 27 00:33:35 PDT 2012

for accessibility, every figure's content should also be described in accessible text.... that goes for ascii art too, for that matter.

If the same material is presented in text and graphics, you might insist they agree, both during last call and as a technical rfc editor function.

There is no need to assign precedence of one over the other... if they disagree it is a spec bug and worth an erratum.

images are normative but should  not be necessary to comprehend to determine conformance.
diagrams should just make things easier to understand.

again, this applies to ascii art too so it isn't strictly a format issue.

-----Original message-----
From: Olaf Kolkman <olaf at NLnetLabs.nl>
To: Paul Hoffman <paul.hoffman at vpnc.org>
Cc: rfc-interest <rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org>
Sent: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 07:11:23 GMT+00:00
Subject: Re: [rfc-i] Illustrations, graphics, and normative-ness

On Apr 26, 2012, at 5:05 PM, Paul Hoffman wrote:

Observing that there is a trend of authors and readers of RFCs towards less and less native English speakers the utility of an illustration should not be underestimated. While not normative, illustrations might help preventing misinterpretations.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I have been assuming up to this point that we were talking about illustrations and graphics as normative parts of the RFC. It sounds like I made a bad assumption.

No, I think I made that bad assumption.



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