Re: [Edm] Some thoughts on Sep 1 meeting, Issue 1

Vijay Gurbani <vijay.gurbani@gmail.com> Wed, 09 September 2020 15:07 UTC

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From: Vijay Gurbani <vijay.gurbani@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 10:06:37 -0500
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Subject: Re: [Edm] Some thoughts on Sep 1 meeting, Issue 1
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On Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 7:44 PM Spencer Dawkins at IETF <
spencerdawkins.ietf@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, Vijay,
>
> [...]
> ISTM that it's worth considering what's possible without revising RFC
> 7942.
>
> Everyone may already know this, but the RFC Editor now has a way of
> inlining errata - for example, check
> https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/inline-errata/rfc3261.html. *
>
> If we can figure out how to track "what's worth pointing to", perhaps the
> RFC editor could also inline pointers, rather than dorking with the RFC
> text itself.
>

Dear Spencer: Nice to hear from you, and thank you for your comment.

I am all for considering what's possible without revising RFC 7942, no
problem, as long as we can redirect the interested parties to the
appropriate code archives.

The work you cited that Adam has done on RFC 3261 for errata looks very
neat.  This could be a potential way to proceed if IAB/IETF decided not to
go the route of updating RFC 7942 or inserting some other text in the
RFC-to-be.  Some issues to consider if we go the inlining route would be
(a) how to aesthetically present the information on the RFC masthead, (b)
what is the expectation when someone prints the RFC with such inling?  Will
the inline text show up?  (In the case of RFC 3261 with inlined errata, I
note that all expanded errata are printed, non expanded errata appear as
green text in the generated PDF.  By "expanded" I mean that if I click on
one of the errata, it expands into a rectangle at the appropriate place in
the RFC, and that entire rectangle is then printed in the generated PDF.)

Thanks,

- vijay