[rfc-i] Containment considered harmful

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Sat May 26 02:01:11 PDT 2012


Lack of containment for sections means that processing software cannot
be fully aware of the document structure, and that is serious restriction.

I would agree with a requirement that the authoring tools should not
require the author to set up the containment manually. With xml2rfc,
I've learnt the hard way always to annotate the </section>:

<section anchor="intro" title="Introduction">
</section> <!-- intro -->


On 2012-05-26 09:42, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
> So: there MUST NOT be a containment requirement in the I-D / RFC submission format. If people find it useful to have containment in RFCs, then this should be added during the publication process, but not before. (This means that tools making use of this would work on RFCs but not drafts.) Containment also MUST NOT be optional in I-Ds, because that way, re-editing a draft will still lead to brokennes.
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