[rfc-i] RFC Format Design Team update and the IETF 88 BoF

Nico Williams nico at cryptonector.com
Thu Nov 7 13:41:21 PST 2013

On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM, Joe Hildebrand (jhildebr)
<jhildebr at cisco.com> wrote:
> On 11/7/13 1:18 PM, "Dave Crocker" <dcrocker at bbiw.net> wrote:
>>> elinks -no-references -dump-width 60 -no-numbering -dump
>>> draft-hildebrand-html-rfc.html | sed -e 's/^/> /g'
>>So your point is that this isn't an issue because the user can write a
>>program to filter it?
> No.  My point is that different browsers will render the text in ways that
> are more appropriate for a very specific use case.  Whether the above
> command line is a browser or a program isn't terribly interesting; it just
> provides an existence proof that we can get you what you need one day.

But I think the point was: to have a consistent copy/paste format, in
particular one useful for use in e-mail.  I think that's nice but it
shouldn't be a requirement.

> Folks who want "really plain text" have several competing text-based
> browsers to choose from (lynx, links, elinks, etc.) that offer you
> capabilities that might not have been obvious to you if you hadn't thought
> of using them, and I thought it might be useful to point that out.

I still find it easier to use .txt formatted output and be done.


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