[rfc-i] draft-flanagan-rfc-framework-02 composition tools

Carsten Bormann cabo at tzi.org
Thu Oct 30 07:10:50 PDT 2014

On 30 Oct 2014, at 14:53, Stewart Bryant <stbryant at cisco.com> wrote:
> MS Word

One thing that I have learned in a couple of decades contributing to the IETF is that there is considerable diversity in preference for tools.

Having edited a 168-page RFC using MS-Word, because that was the preference of some of the other 15 authors of that RFC, I can tell you that I am not ready to ever repeat that experience.

Apart from a composition tool being good for the initial brain dump, it also needs to be good for getting a correct final result.  With several authors collaborating.  With parts of the document being automatically generated and/or checked.

My points here:
— standardizing on one composition tool is not going to work;
— standardizing on one composition tool that doesn’t support modern workflows for collaboration on and controlled evolution of documents is going to work even less.

W3C and IETF got it right to put the lean waist on the format, not on the tool.

(That doesn’t mean that we don’t need tools.)

Grüße, Carsten

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