Re: [Rfc-markdown] [xml2rfc] initials handling, was: New xml2rfc release: v2.22.3

Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> Mon, 22 April 2019 05:23 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Rfc-markdown] [xml2rfc] initials handling, was: New xml2rfc release: v2.22.3
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On 11.04.2019 17:06, Heather Flanagan wrote:
> ...
> And coming back to this:
>
> A longstanding principle for referencing RFCs is to make the reference
> match what is on the front page of the RFC itself, over what information
> is in any other location. This is something we should be clearer about
> in the Style Guide, but it is a practice we’ve enforced for quite a long
> time.

If you're not planning a revision anytime soon, you may want to document
this in detail at <https://www.rfc-editor.org/styleguide/part2/> or file
an erratum.

> Changing the tool to match this longstanding practice is not ideal, but
> it is expedient given that the proper way to handle this is an extensive
> data cleanup of the citation library. I’ve asked the RPC to prioritize
> getting documents published and format implementation over this kind of
> data cleanup for now.
> ...

I still don't get this. Is there a well-defined algorithm to decide the
detailed format? I guess so, otherwise it could not be placed into the
formatter. In this case, please publish it. And if there is one, just
get the <reference> files updated accordingly. (And yes, I volunteer, if
the algorithm is clear).

Best regards, Julian