Re: [netmod] artwork folding: dual support modes?

"Adrian Farrel" <adrian@olddog.co.uk> Tue, 26 February 2019 22:26 UTC

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Subject: Re: [netmod] artwork folding: dual support modes?
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Hey.

 

I've been having this discussion with Kent off-line, but thought it should
come to the list.

 

I don't think it is a good idea to have two approaches. While it would be
relatively easy to code for both approaches, it seems to add a degree of
confusion if both have to be handled by the same code (consider deciding
whether leading space characters are to be retained or not, something that
can only be decided when the first non-space character is found), or by
having different code for the two different cases.

 

It doesn't seem to me that both cases are needed. We can pick one or the
other.

 

And *if* we want to allow manual folding so that indents can be made to make
the document more human-readable then we have to use a leading '\' on
continuation lines to show which spaces should be stripped and which
retained.

 

Cheers,

Adrian

 

From: netmod <netmod-bounces@ietf.org> On Behalf Of Kent Watsen
Sent: 25 February 2019 22:22
To: netmod@ietf.org
Subject: [netmod] artwork folding: dual support modes?

 

 

I had a chat with the tools team recently and, in the course of things, it
was implied

that the double backslash approach we have now was both surprising and
non-intuitive. 

 

This got me thinking that we may have thrown the proverbial baby out with
the bathwater.

That is, currently we have a header that reads:

 

  NOTE: '\\' line wrapping per BCP XX (RFC XXXX)

 

So why not *also* support a header that reads (note the singe slash):

 

  NOTE: '\' line wrapping per BCP XX (RFC XXXX)

 

Whereby this second form only supports the folded line continuing on column
1 (no indents).

 

Thoughts?

 

Kent // contributor