[rfc-i] Proposed new RFC submission requirements

Joe Hildebrand jhildebr at cisco.com
Fri May 25 10:17:35 PDT 2012

On 5/25/12 8:33 AM, "Martin Rex" <mrex at sap.com> wrote:

> Since the RFC Editor is _not_ the author of most of the documents
> that are to be published as RFC, it will be essential that the
> submission format can be automatically generated from
> easy-to-use authoring formats.

I don't care what is used for authoring in any way.  There's no way the RFC
Editor can police what your authoring input format is.  The only thing that
matters is what you can submit.

For example, I could certainly imagine Markdown as the authoring format
(see: https://github.com/miekg/pandoc2rfc/) from which is generated HTML,
XML (or whatever semantically-rich format we choose).  If the nroff format
had enough information in it, you could likely generate HTML from it with
some tool that you wrote.

But I don't think the RFC Editor should accept Markdown inputs.  Let many
ideas flourish on the authoring side.  Let many output formats be generated
from the single input.  However, keep the number of inputs that the Editor
has to process to a manageable number.

Joe Hildebrand

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