Re: Last Call: <draft-hoffman-tao-as-web-page-02.txt> (Publishing the "Tao of the IETF" as a Web Page) to Informational RFC

John C Klensin <john-ietf@jck.com> Fri, 06 July 2012 03:57 UTC

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Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 23:57:35 -0400
From: John C Klensin <john-ietf@jck.com>
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Subject: Re: Last Call: <draft-hoffman-tao-as-web-page-02.txt> (Publishing the "Tao of the IETF" as a Web Page) to Informational RFC
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--On Thursday, July 05, 2012 23:22 -0400 Tony Hansen
<tony@att.com> wrote:

> I think my point was missed. Section 2 says:
> 
> All published versions will be archived using URLs of the form
> <http://www.ietf.org/tao-YYYYMMDD.html>.
> 
> My question is: Where is there a list of all of the tao
> version files? How would one be able to find out the name of
> the previous version so they could do a diff and see what has
> changed? How can I see a history of the files?
>...

Tony,

Mostly out of curiosity, why do you think it is important.   If
the Tao were a reference document that was authoritative on IETF
procedures or the like, it would be a different matter: I can
think of many reasons why it might be important to establish
exactly what the rules and procedures were at any given time.
But, given that it is a non-authoritative tutorial summary
description of how we do things, I have a certain amount of
trouble understanding why going to extra effort to maintain a
long-term back trace is actually important.

What am I missing?

    john