[rfc-i] Line/section/page numbers considered useless/useful

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Thu Jun 26 19:13:32 PDT 2014

On 6/26/14, 6:23 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> I have found line, section and page numbers to be pretty useless
> when reviewing I-Ds, simply because they will probably be
> different in the next version, and for the majority of authors
> they are meaningless because they are by definition absent from
> the xml source. So I try to use contextual information only in
> my reviews, unless I'm being lazy.
> On the other hand, section, paragraph and line numbers are
> all by definition stable in RFCs. The latter two can always
> be added at presentation time, so do not need to be in the file.
> The RSE needs to remind me whether page numbers would be consistent
> across the various formats.

Hello Brian,

Since not all publication formats will have pages, no, page numbers will
NOT be consistent across various formats.

The proposal to add tags to number paragraphs seems to be a reasonable
compromise to target the same areas across file formats, regardless of


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