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Re: ASCII art

2005-11-21 02:01:17
Jeffrey Hutzelman wrote:

Lee pointed out that if your prose is poor, the diagrams really don't matter much. My point is that if your prose is good, the diagrams _also_ really don't matter much.

And this is a silly point in my opinion.
Most people can get a better idea of a solution when diagrams help them to do so. People who can do without may be bright and valued in the IETF, but we are writing specs for the outside world, not for us.

The IETF is probably the ONLY meaningful organisation in the world that insists on using ascii-only specifications. Any rationalization of that practise should try to explain why we are so exceptional before embarking on specious arguments on the relative merits of writing specs in morse code to improve design simplicity.

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