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

Dearlove, Christopher (UK) chris.dearlove at baesystems.com
Tue Jun 24 05:33:27 PDT 2014

I replied to a newly brought up point, it wasn't me who first introduced the suggestion that paper wasn't important.

Printing PDF works. Printing HTML, no.

Page numbers have two separate issues
- Page numbers within a document. Useful for going quickly to that page.
- Page numbers that can be used as a universal reference.

And there is a third
- Pages cleanly separated, so one can print without worry about whether e.g. tables are split across pages.

With the proposal, text is useless in all these regards. Maybe PDF can do all three jobs. Is that being claimed?

(Section numbers are useful. But if a section runs for more than a page - which is far from unusual - they get difficult to use as a reference.)

Christopher Dearlove
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On Jun 24, 2014, at 7:33 AM, Dearlove, Christopher (UK) <Chris.Dearlove at baesystems.com> wrote:
> Personally, paper is more important than HTML.

That's fair enough, but your earlier complaint had to do with page numbering, not paper.   You can print the PDF to paper, or the HTML for that matter.   Arguably the output will be prettier and easier to read.   But you will have to rely on section numbers to orient yourself in the document, rather than page numbers.

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