[rfc-i] RFC Format - final requirements and next steps

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Mon May 21 04:52:10 PDT 2012

On 5/15/12 8:06 AM, Dave Crocker wrote:
> On 5/11/2012 9:50 AM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
>> Thanks to the feedback from the community, I've modified the
>> requirements for the format of RFCs (which ties in I-D format
> Further thoughts, questions and suggestions:
> 1.  Is this list a simple union of all suggestions made?  If yes, why?
> If not, why?  That is, what is the logic that controls the content of
> this list?
> 2.  Are these all really 'requirements"?  What does it mean to not
> satisfy one?  If it's a requirement, is failing to satisfy it even
> allowed?  If it is allowed, there should probably be a rank-ordering. (I
> also suspect that makes the goals or targets, rather than requirements.)
> 3.  For each item, it would help to have an explanation that justifies
> making it appropriate to include.  Otherwise this looks like an entirely
> arbitrary list.

Good questions, Dave.  The list is a union of suggestions made, with my
take on prioritization based on list input and my professional input.  I
should (and will) work on the list to make things a bit more clear,
particularly with regards to where something might have a trade-off or
particular cost that should be kept in mind.  I'm in Iceland for the
next week but will work on this when I'm not in a session (at TNC2012).

I would like to see the various I-D on the topic of RFC Format to take
in to account the "needed" items, and if some/any/many the "wanted"
items can be solved for, great.  I do not expect anything folks come up
with to be able to meet every item on this list.


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