[rfc-i] Changes to the v3 <postal> element

John Levine johnl at taugh.com
Thu Jun 10 19:21:10 PDT 2021

It appears that Mark Nottingham  <mnot at mnot.net> said:
>Please clarify - do you intend to deprecate postalLine as well?

Yes, we're deprecating all of the <postal> subelements except <country>.


>> On 11 Jun 2021, at 9:54 am, John R Levine <johnl at taugh.com> wrote:
>> One of the changes to the xml v3 grammar since RFC 7991 is a new <postal> element with a set of subfields such as
><street>, <region>, and <code>. To render addresses we use a python library that depends on an open source address database
>originally from Google.  While tracking down a rendering bug, we found that the rendering database is not actively
>maintained and has a long list of unresolved pull requests.  We don't know of any other reliable source of rendering
>> But we don't see a strong reason for readers to need the full postal address
>> for RFC authors. Anecdotally, on rare occasions readers have used the postal
>> address but (a) the email address is primary since <postal/> is optional and
>> (b) readers likely have better ways to find contact information for RFC
>> authors.
>> The one part we care most about from <postal/> is <country/>.  This enables
>> people to do things like gather statistics about where RFCs originate, such as
>> https://www.arkko.com/tools/rfcstats/d-countrydistr.html
>> Our proposal is to deprecate all of the <postal> elements other than the
>> <country/> element.  Authors can include them if they want, but they won't be
>> rendered and the RPC won't ask for them.  We think this leaves the useful bit
>> of info while avoiding a lot of extra work for minimal benefit.
>> If there are issues we've missed, please let us know.
>> R's,
>> John
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