I would find this problematic. I often submit in the "final"
form because I started in the "final" form. I have no *roff
or XML form to submit.
--> -----Original Message-----
--> From: ietf-bounces(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org
--> On Behalf Of Henning Schulzrinne
--> Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:58 AM
--> To: Eliot Lear
--> Cc: Dave Aronson (re IETF); ietf(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org
--> Subject: Re: ASCII art
--> Let me try a concrete proposal:
--> - All document editors MUST submit XML format to the RFC editor.
--> (Mostly) semantic markup makes a lot more sense than
--> presentation mark-up as it makes it possible to translate
--> the format into a variety of output formats. This format is
--> the long-term archival format, as it seems highly unlikely
--> that the world will suddenly forget how to interpret XML in
--> any timeframe we care about. The schema/DTD is documented
--> in ASCII, so if an alien invaders take over the (IETF)
--> world, they can bootstrap, as long as they can figure out English.
--> - Authors can use Word (or other formats), but must use a
--> Word style that makes automatic translation to the 2629 XML
--> possible. I don't know enough about Word internals to know
--> if Word styles are sufficient to make this possible today,
--> but with a bit of semantic mark-up (e.g., surround the
--> abstract with tags), this shouldn't be too hard.
--> - The XML version is made available to the public and is
--> the authoritative version, in addition to the traditional
--> ASCII version. The XML version can then be used to generate
--> more readable and printable versions using XSLT or other
--> tools. I suspect generating a PDF version wouldn't be hard,
--> either. These presentation formats can then evolve as
--> people care to write tools.
--> - The XML format also allows the use of UTF-8, for use in
--> examples, not as normative text. The translation to ASCII
--> can automatically insert U+ or other appropriate elements.
--> - SVG or a subset thereof is authorized for illustrative
--> (non-normative) diagrams. The XML schema already supports
--> the ability to link alternative renditions of graphics, so
--> this requires minimal effort.
--> I think this would actually put us ahead of standards
--> organizations that use presentation-oriented document
--> formats that are hard to transform into alternative
--> renditions now or in the future. None of the above requires
--> a major change in process, rules or procedures. The only
--> 'tools' effort would be to create a suitable DOC template.
--> Given that converting existing late-stage drafts may be
--> onerous, this can be phased in over time.
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