[rfc-i] [IAB Trac] #266: Requirement for "Clear Printing"

Joe Hildebrand (jhildebr) jhildebr at cisco.com
Tue Feb 19 08:58:58 PST 2013

On 2/19/13 9:47 AM, "Paul Hoffman" <paul.hoffman at vpnc.org> wrote:

>On Feb 19, 2013, at 8:27 AM, Ted Lemon <mellon at fugue.com> wrote:
>> On Feb 19, 2013, at 11:14 AM, Paul Kyzivat <pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu>
>>> Does *anybody* still use a printer that can't handle a wide range of
>>>fonts and font sizes?
>> I still use ASCII terminals, and it's certainly helpful sometimes to be
>>able to look at an RFC in one.   Not so useful that it needs to be the
>>canonical format, but plain text ASCII (or UTF-8 would be fine with me)
>>is definitely still useful, albeit nowhere near as useful as it was back
>>in the days of daisy-wheel printers...
>And by "ASCII terminal", this is almost always a window that can be made
>at least 90 characters wide, yes? I'm sure a very small number of people
>will insist that they can read RFCs on an 80x24 console, but I suspect
>that number is much smaller than those who use terminal programs that
>have variable-width windows.

And it's almost always a UTF8 terminal in practice nowadays.  Regardless
elinks (http://elinks.or.cz/) will fix most of your problems, including
pretty grepping.

Joe Hildebrand

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