Re: [Tools-discuss] Clarifying the state of and the transition plan for

"Andrew G. Malis" <> Thu, 11 March 2021 14:09 UTC

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Are you also porting the tools at , especially the online
version of KramDown?


On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 1:16 PM Robert Sparks <> wrote:

> The services at are undergoing a transition.
> As most of you know Henrik Levkowetz has retired. He is continuing to
> support
> the services that he has provided for decades at on a best
> effort basis as we transition the essential features to LLC supported
> platforms. The plan is to finish the transition before IETF 111 and wind
> down.
> The process of moving these features has been ongoing for several years.
> Most have already been moved, but a few important ones remain.
> We have recently moved the style of presenting htmlized
> text
> documents into the Datatracker. The plan is to redirect those pages from
> into the Datatracker soon.
> We will be replacing the online xml2rfc and bibxml services with modern
> rewrites of the existing services.
> We are transitioning the svn/trac source repositories for the Datatracker
> and xml2rfc to the IETF Secretariat, with a longer term goal of moving them
> to GitHub.
> At the beginning of this meeting, we identified that the ability to add to
> individual sessions (as opposed to all sessions of a group) to a
> subscribable
> calendar needs to be added to the Datatracker.
> We will look again to identify any other features that need to be moved.
> But as
> you notice features at that are important but can't find
> at the
> Datatracker, please send a note either to me or to
> Henrik and I communicate frequently, and he is supporting us with this
> transition on a best effort basis, but is not getting as
> much of
> his time as we have become accustomed to in the past. Please be patient
> with us
> during the next few months.
> As you identify issues with, please email Henrik or let
> me know,
> and I will bring them to Henrik's attention.  In general, neither the IETF
> Secretariat nor the tools team can address issues at
> directly.
> Our focus will be on moving functionality to platforms like the
> Datatracker.
> I would like to express my gratitude for all of the support Henrik has
> provided
> to the community over the last couple of decades. Early on, long before we
> started projects like the Datatracker, he set up several tools on his
> own that
> became very popular with the community. During this time, the domain
> was delegated to him, and he used it to gather the volunteer created
> tooling from
> many contributors.
> As the community grew, we began hosting more services at the IETF
> Secretariat.
> During Russ Housley's tenure as IETF Chair, the tools team, under the
> IOAC's
> direction, began moving essential services to IETF Secretariat-supported
> platforms. Through donated and contracted time, Henrik has been helping
> make
> these transitions as an ongoing process. But continued to
> be a
> set of services that he maintained and improved primarily by himself or
> through
> coordinating other volunteer effort.
> Of course, Henrik was also a principal architect and contributor for the
> Datatracker and xml2rfc, and we are richer for all of his hard work over
> decades on so many tools.
> --
> Robert Sparks
> Tools Team chair