[rfc-i] Pagination requirements

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Thu May 24 10:17:47 PDT 2012

On 5/24/2012 8:31 AM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> On 5/24/12 9:21 AM, Joe Touch wrote:
>> a usable printout is more important than a pretty phone display.
> Staying at the level of dueling opinions, I find it passing strange that
> the *Internet* Engineering Task Force would optimize for print. IMO the
> ability to view our specifications on a myriad of devices connected to
> the Internet is more important than a usable printout.
> Peter

There are good reasons:

a) specs and docs are still printed out

b) I'm not claiming it's *more* important, but that we should be very 
careful about trading inconvenience on one device for inconvenience on 

I agree that we would expect more people to use the *output* (not 
necessarily the canonical) on a variety of devices, but I don't think 
that it's at all critical to be able to view any of these on anything as 
small as a phone. Even a Kindle seems fine for reading fiction, but not 
useful for anything technical.

I.e., students can get textbooks in mobile formats, but at USC I don't 
see them reading technical ones on things smaller than an iPad.


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