[rfc-i] not just 'lineprinter' (was Re: Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-flanagan-plaintext-00.txt)

Dearlove, Christopher (UK) chris.dearlove at baesystems.com
Mon Jun 30 02:47:18 PDT 2014

A heresy, but the minimum effort approach I have to printing the current text format, is to open it in Microsoft Word (which I can do with one right click and select) and print (another couple of clicks).

I’m not trying to defend the current approach on that basis, and I realise that’s completely at variance with everything that’s a good requirement. It’s just a convenient hack which I stumbled across by accident. And of course it only works if you happen to use Word.

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From: rfc-interest [mailto:rfc-interest-bounces at rfc-editor.org] On Behalf Of Tim Bray
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On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM, Dave Crocker <dhc at dcrocker.net<mailto:dhc at dcrocker.net>> wrote:
> This use of 'lineprinter' as a tag for text presentation is a clever bit
> of distracting marketing.  It places this category of RFC representation
> into a nicely archaic box, serving to reduce the sense of its current
> utility.

​It’s also a useful reminder in that getting an ASCII RFC to print properly on a modern page-not-line printer is nontrivial; I can rarely get it to work. ​

> The only problem is that printing is not its only use and well might not
> be its primary use.
> By way of the simplest possible example, please note that IETF
> discussions about draft revisions usually are in a form that is based on
> the text version and not on a markup version.  Sometimes xml2rfc form is
> used, but not that often.  Essentially never in html or epub or...
> Consider this the next time you see or create an old/new sequence during
> a discussion and let's stop trying to marginalize the text version with
> inappropriate tags.
> d/
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