[rfc-i] Graceful degradation is key, was: Re: draft-hildebrand-html-rfc

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Mon Jul 16 13:03:58 PDT 2012

On 7/16/12 2:00 PM, Martin Rex wrote:
> Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Martin Rex wrote:
>>> ...
>>> Implementing RFCs from a browser view, or doing a detailed review is pretty
>>> frustrating because of the constant need to switch between documents.
>>> Having to take the fingers off the keyboard in order to navigate with
>>> the mouse is also a huge waste of time.
>>> ...
>> Browsers can open multiple windows (instead of tabs) and show content 
>> side-by-side. I don't see a difference here.
> Starting from scratch 6 xterms display quite readable 80x44 ASCII texts in
> non-overlapping windows on 1600X1200 is trivial.  Doing this with a
> browser is a difficult and time-consuming manual task.
> And whenever I run out of screen real estate, I can use a printed copies
> of RFCs in addition (yes, I have and occasionally use printed copies of
> some RFCs, especially when implementing one).
> I can do "make", "vi somesource.c", "vrfc 5280", and all sort of other
> things in my xterms, they're _fully_ reusable, which is why I'm using
> them in the first place.

Good to know. Presumably it would be quite easy to run a simple html2txt
tool to get readable output on such constrained devices (I used to do
that all time in similar situations).


Peter Saint-Andre

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