[rfc-i] Reasons for going beyond ASCII art

Ole Jacobsen ole at cisco.com
Fri Sep 21 11:19:37 PDT 2012

How about the *output* from the "complex equations", I can see a need 
to be able to include something that, say, looks like a sine-wave or 
exponential graph.


Ole J. Jacobsen
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On Fri, 21 Sep 2012, Paul Hoffman wrote:

> Greetings again. The -00 draft says:
> =====
>    Arguments in favor of replacing ASCII art with more complex diagrams
>    include:
>       *  Given the difficulties in expressing complex equations with
>          common mathematical notation, allowing graphic art would allow
>          equations to be displayed properly.
> =====
> People have expressed *many* reasons other than just that one. Off the top of my head, others that have been brought up include:
> * state diagrams with multiple arrows in different directions and labels on the lines
> * protocol flow diagrams where each step needs multiple lines of description
> * scenario descriptions that involve three or more parties with communication flows between them
> In fact, given how few times equations are used in our documents, even that one is minor relative to the others that are commonly mentioned. 
> --Paul Hoffman
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