Re: [Rfc-markdown] End of support for xml2rfc on Python 2.x is coming soon

Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> Mon, 20 July 2020 15:18 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Rfc-markdown] End of support for xml2rfc on Python 2.x is coming soon
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Hi,

It's taken a lot longer than we thought, but I expect the next release of
xml2rfc to be 3.0.0.  I currently plan to do the 3.0.0 release shortly after
IETF 108.

Best regards,

	Henrik

On 2019-10-08 23:23, Russ Housley wrote:
> Heads up!
> 
> With the transition to xml2rfc vocabulary version 3, xml2rfc has gained
> the ability to generate PDF output when the necessary system libraries
> are installed.  However, xml2rfc runs on Python 2.7, but the library
> needed for PDF generation ended support for Python 2.7 about 10
> releases ago.  This means that the need to end support for xml2rfc on
> Python 2.7 is becoming urgent.  Another factor is that bugfix support
> for Python 2.7.x itself officially stops on 1 January 2020, so we need
> to transition away from Python 2.7 soon in any case.
> 
> The latest xml2rfc release is 2.32.0.  There will most likely be one or
> two additional xml2rfc releases in the 2.x series, but after that, the
> plan is to transition to a 3.x release series, with two major changes:
> 
> (1) xml2rfc will no longer run under Python 2.7; it will require
>     Python 3.5 or higher.  If you cannot install and run Python 3 on
>     your system, the web service at xml2rfc.ietf.org can be used.
> 
> (2) The default output formatters will change to v3.  The v2 formatters
>     will still be available by using a --legacy switch.
> 
> Expect the first xml2rfc 3.x series release before the end of the month.
> 
> On behalf of the Tools Team,
>   Russ
> 
>