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

Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> Thu, 11 April 2019 15:10 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.
>
> 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.
> ...

FWIW, this indeed is *not* a change in the style, as far as I can tell.

Rather than that, it just highlights an inconsistency between the
published <reference> elements and the actual RFCs.

The fix IMHO is to fix the <reference> files when the problem shows up.

Putting extra logic into the formatter seems to be clearly the wrong
approach.

Best regards, Julian