A premise behind the formatting rules for IETF documents is that they are
easy to create and easy to read. As popular as XML is in the minds of the
technical community, there are few tools for creating it and little
widespread use of it.
dave - i think this is one of those ymmv things. i know a lot of people who
do a lot of xml input using wysiwyg editors. rfc 2629 listed a couple of
tools from a couple of years ago, there are a lot more out there now. in
other words, i politely question the basis for your assertion above.
for myself, i use emacs simply because i can use it to edit all kinds of
files on all kinds of systems. this is a trade-off from having xml-specific
support, but that's okay.
finally, for those folks who are using the rfc2629-based tool called
xml2rfc: there is a new release available that generates nroff, in addition
to txt (rfc 2223) and html. the reason why it generates nroff is that you
can give that to the rfc-editor along with your txt file and it gives them a
leg up on their editing process - http://xml.resource.org/