[rfc-i] Character sets, was Comments on draft-iab-rfcformat

Martin Rex mrex at sap.com
Wed Dec 19 16:13:29 PST 2012

Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
> Why does normative text need to be displayable on every machine?

Why NOT?

Not being able to discuss normative text on an IETF mailing list
because it can not be represented in a plain-ASCII EMail would be
just as bad as not being able to display an RFC through a
plain SSH tty-based dialin, or discussed in f2f meetings.

Everything outside outside of US-ASCII is a barrier to comprehension
for various communication scenarios.

And the same KISS principle applies in order to keep our documents
highly "accessible" to those, where the limitations are not caused
by the favorite physical computing environment, but by reduced
vision, hearing or both capabilities.

For many years there has been the possibility to publish an RFC
in an additional format with colorful text, fancy type faces and sizes,
graphics and all.  Considering how rarely it is used, there evidently
is no signficant demand, and neither is there necessity.

For those who do have an urge, the possibility to publish an alternative
document *IS* already there.  Stop whining and *USE* it.


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