On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 2:01 AM, Iljitsch van
A much better solution would be HTML, if it's sufficiently constrained. HTML
allows for the reflowing of text, solving issues with text and screen sizes.
It's also extremely widely implemented, so it's easy to display reasonably
well without special tools. It also allows for semantic tagging, allowing
for easy scraping.
This seems obviously true everywhere outside the IETF mailing list.
Last but not least, just filter out anything between < and > and replace a
few &xxx; sequences and you're back to plain text. We could probably even
format RFCs such that if you remove the HTML, you're left with the current
Yes and no. Yes, removing markup leaves useful text, but no, it
wouldn't be anything like the line-broken, paginated,
headered-and-footered, legacy text format. -Tim
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