[rfc-i] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt

Paul Kyzivat pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu
Sat Jun 21 12:08:58 PDT 2014

On 6/20/14 7:11 PM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
> Hello all,
> With the changes to the format for RFCs on the horizon, I've drafted a
> short document to describe the changes in the plain text output. Of
> course, the requirements described are not final until the community has
> discussed the proposal.
> Comments welcomed.

I hadn't realized that such a big change to the plain text form was 
planned. (I've only been loosely following this work, so maybe I just 
didn't pay enough attention.)

The main thing that disturbs me is that with pagination removed it gets 
hard to skip to a particular place in a plain text document. There 
aren't any links, and with only section numbers in the contents, one 
must simply scroll until the section is found. Since section numbers 
don't change linearly with the relative position in the document this 
can be annoying. (One can also search for section numbers, but that 
often isn't quicker.)

I guess that will bias towards reading html or pdf rather than plain 
text. Currently I generally prefer the "html'ised" format, which is 
pretty much just the plain text with links. (It is still paginated.) If 
the plain text isn't paginated then will that format go away, in 
preference to the other html format?

These changes may be fine - just requiring some of us to change habits. 
But I hadn't realized this was coming.


> -Heather
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt
> Date: 	Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:07:44 -0700
> From: 	internet-drafts at ietf.org
> To: 	Heather Flanagan <rse at rfc-editor.org>, Heather Flanagan
> <rse at rfc-editor.org>
> A new version of I-D, draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt
> has been successfully submitted by Heather Flanagan and posted to the
> IETF repository.
> Name:		draft-flanagan-plaintext
> Revision:	00
> Title:		Requirements for Plain Text RFCs
> Document date:	2014-06-20
> Group:		Individual Submission
> Pages:		4
> URL:http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt
> Status:https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-flanagan-plaintext/
> Htmlized:http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-flanagan-plaintext-00
> Abstract:
>     This draft documents the change in requirements and layout for the
>     plain-text RFC publication format.
> Editorial Note (To be removed by the RFC Editor)
>     Discussion of this draft takes place on the rfc-interest mailing list
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