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

Dearlove, Christopher (UK) chris.dearlove at baesystems.com
Wed Jun 25 02:06:07 PDT 2014

The C and C++ standards (including the latest) do not define byte as 8 bits. 8 bits minimum, and 8 bits on every machine I've used, but the formal definition is not as always 8 bits.

However, I agree this is beside the point, variability of byte wasn't a great analogy (not mine).

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-----Original Message-----
From: Ted Lemon [mailto:mellon at fugue.com] 
Sent: 24 June 2014 19:58
To: Thomas Clausen
Cc: Dearlove, Christopher (UK); rfc-interest at rfc-editor.org
Subject: Re: [rfc-i] New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt

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On Jun 24, 2014, at 2:30 PM, Thomas Clausen <ietf at thomasclausen.org> wrote:
> I'm actually just old enough to have known systems where they called a "9 bit thing" for a byte. So again, context.

I'm old enough to have hacked on systems that used a variable byte length, but for better or worse, byte means octet now, unless you have a KL-10 in your basement.

> So question: why can't we do anchors and tags in both places? One per paragraph for Ted, and one at regular intervals for me?  If it's just meta-data then I can't for the life of me see a valid reason to preclude one or the other?

We can't do things for Ted or for Thomas.   And we can't do anchors at regular intervals because we don't have a way to define the interval.

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