Re: [Tools-discuss] [rfc-i] Proposed survey on I-D authoring tools

Randy Bush <> Fri, 02 October 2020 21:41 UTC

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> I have always assumed that it is the XML that is submitted but your
> statement makes me wonder if in fact I am submitting plain text.  I do
> not know, I cannot tell.  I do not know what box to tick in the
> questionaire. Plain text with XML markup and datatracker submit '.xml
> format'.

fellow routing researchers used to tell me that the topology obeyed some
simple rules (known as gao rexford).  i insisted that, for the most
part, reality was not so simple.  for years it was almost a war.

finally, one researcher measured it, and indeed, 65% of the topology
was not obeying those simple rules.

her conclusion was that all those hundreds of configuration knobs were
there because someone wanted each and every one enough that vendors
implemented them.  and so each and every one was used.

i presume i do not need to explain the analogy.