Re: Jim: Re: [rfc-i] FIXED: Poll: RFCs with page numbers (pretty please) ? (was: Re: John/rsoc: Re: Page numbers in RFCs questions / preferences)

Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> Thu, 29 October 2020 15:00 UTC

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Am 29.10.2020 um 15:48 schrieb Keith Moore:
> On 10/29/20 6:04 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>
>>> At the I-D stage page numbers are useful because people send diffs
>>> and you need to context to get to the right place in the .xml.
>>
>> How do page numbers help with the XML? Aren't section and paragraph
>> numbers much better for that?
>
> Given that none of section, paragraph, or page numbers appear in the
> XML, I don't see how any of them helps with that problem. But it is a
> real problem.
> ...

I never perceived that as a big problem.

Of course it's possible to run "xml2rfc --preptool" to generate an XML
document with section numbers inlined (see
<https://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/rfc7998.html#part-numbering>), but of
course you wouldn't want to *edit* that.

At the end of the day, it's a choice of automatic and consistent section
numbering (what we have now), or having the authors do the numbering. I
prefer the former.

Best regards, Julian