[rfc-i] tabs [was: sourcecode indentation]

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Fri Feb 19 03:06:47 PST 2016


On 2016-02-16 08:08, Carsten Bormann wrote:
> The last RFC I can find that contains HT characters is RFC 2329 (this
> one is interesting in that has been aggressively tabbified, to the point
> of replacing single spaces in the text by tabs whenever they occur
> before a multiple-of-8 column).
>
> Since that practice stopped in 1998, Makefiles couldn't be printed
> literally in RFCs.
> Why would we want to, anyway?  We don't include other binary files
> literally, either, and don't use other perfectly fine ASCII characters
> such as BS or RS.  (HT is actually worse because there is an illusion
> that it might work.  In some cases.)
> ...

FWIW, BS and RS aren't allowed in XML 1.0, so we'd need to define a 
custom way to represent them...

Best regards, Julian


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