[rfc-i] What the text version is used for (was Re: The <tt> train wreck)
rjsparks at nostrum.com
Wed Aug 25 11:59:44 PDT 2021
I remember EKR mentioning that he used the plain text version when doing
reviews, as it loaded well into the code-review tool he was co-opting.
Are other people using the text this way?
On 8/25/21 11:10 AM, Bob Hinden wrote:
>> On Aug 24, 2021, at 7:34 PM, Martin Thomson <mt at lowentropy.net> wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 25, 2021, at 12:21, Bob Hinden wrote:
>>> I use text file version of drafts quite a lot currently. This includes:
>>> - rfcdiff to compare two different versions, this includes:
>>> o After running xml2rfc to see the changes
>>> o Looking at a new text output in emacs (where I edit the xml)
>>> o Looking at the changes when a new draft is published
>>> o Emailing a link to a diff of two text versions
>>> - Excerpts from text drafts paste into email as part of list discussions
>>> - I even occasionally print a text version from emacs (ps-print) if
>>> I want to read and markup a paper version.
>>> If there were equivalent tools that worked with one of the other
>>> formats (html or pdf), I might be able to migrate to using that. As
>>> far as I can tell that doesn’t exist today.
>> I will observe that with the exception of diffs, I use HTML for all of the things he lists. I find that most of these use cases work better from HTML than text. For instance, I find the added spacing and line breaks in the text format occasionally awkward for pasting quotations into other mediums.
>> Diffs of HTML really don't work well, so I find that plain, unpaginated text is best for that. Using unpaginated text means that I can use ordinary diff tools rather than rfcdiff, which gives me a lot more choice. That said, I do find the online service that diffs arbitrary URLs to be quite convenient and I do use diffs a lot.
> I agree. Diffs appear to be the main reason to keep using text at this point in time.
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