Re: [rfc-i] [IAB] [Rsoc] Archival format to rfc-interest and the IAB

Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> Mon, 02 March 2020 19:57 UTC

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Subject: Re: [rfc-i] [IAB] [Rsoc] Archival format to rfc-interest and the IAB
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On 02.03.2020 20:28, John R. Levine wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Mar 2020, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Well, we have a growing number of documents published in a "canonical"
>> XML format that is not canonical and has no documentation.
>>
>> The more we have of these, the more we'll have to fix later on.
>
> Henrik says, I believe correctly, that the changes have been backward
> compatible so the current grammar is a superset of the original, and all
> of the XML RFCs published to date are valid with the current grammar and
> render with the current version of xml2rfc.

That is probably true.

> Having said that, I also agree that the situation is not great.  The
> RSOC has tasked me with documenting the changes (starting with the
> deltas to the grammar which I do have) and coming up with a process to
> control future changes.

Note that the changes are not constrained to the grammar. For instance,
xml2rfc added support for special line break characters, and then later
on for <br>. Is the other thing going to backed out?

> I think there are changes we'll want to back out so later this year
> we'll need to consider what's the best way to retroactively adjust the
> XML coding (not the text) and make it clear what we did.

Absolutely.

And to get there, we have to work on rfc7991bis.

Best regards, Julian
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