[rfc-i] RFC Format - legacy RFCs

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Tue May 15 02:54:53 PDT 2012

On 2012-05-15 09:48, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
> On 15 May 2012, at 10:29 , Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>> I would suggest that
>> we need an elegant method of presenting legacy RFCs within the
>> new format (but obviously without bells and whistles). If not,
>> we'll end up with two classes of RFCs, and that has many downsides.
> Automatic conversion from the XML2RFC and/or nroff sources would be relatively easy if there was no manual tweaking by the RFC Editor to create the ASCII version. Automatic conversion from the current ASCII format to a new format will probably work well in most cases but probably requires some review of the results to be sure.
> That leaves the old RFCs that don't conform to the current ASCII layout. I'm not sure wrapping them in a new format that really only displays the old format is very beneficial, though.

RFC 20 is the oldest one that has much current value, I think.
It certainly wouldn't pass idnits. However, http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc20
is a perfectly acceptable presentation, imnsho.


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