[rfc-i] reject the past ( was Re: Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt)

Leonard Rosenthol lrosenth at adobe.com
Thu Jun 26 13:55:31 PDT 2014

I should point out, since it’s not clear from my message - that I HAVE NO
POSITION on the subject of whether RFC’s should be paginated or not. I was
simply commenting about the concept in the general and not the specific…


On 6/26/14, 4:51 PM, "Leonard Rosenthol" <lrosenth at adobe.com> wrote:

>On 6/26/14, 2:13 PM, "John Levine" <johnl at taugh.com> wrote:
>>>>PDF?  I don't have as much feel, but my guess is that as pagination
>>>becomes less valuable, PDF's benefits over HTML wane.
>Just as this thread has pointed out, there are definite benefits to
>pre-paginated material.  Also fixed format, unchanging content.  These are
>things that are required by many industries and why you won¹t see PDF go
>away.  It solves may problems that HTML (either by itself or inside an
>EPUB) does not.
>>PDF is not my favorite format,
>I¹d love to understand why sometime..(private email is fine)
>>but unlike for Postscript, people have
>>given considerable thought to profiles like PDF/A that are intended to
>>be stable and suitable for archives.
>>>HTML?  I doubt that a carefully-chosen small subset of HTML will be
>>>unreadable 50 years from now.
>And that¹s what PDF/A does - pick a specific subset of the full PDF format
>that is best suited for long term archiving.  Perhaps someday someone will
>do the same for HTML.  (there was talk about an EPUB/A, but the IDPF has
>many other higher priorities, such as getting EPUB useful outside of
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