Re: [Tools-discuss] Updated survey (was: Proposed survey on I-D authoring tools)

Jay Daley <jay@ietf.org> Mon, 05 October 2020 19:44 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Tools-discuss] Updated survey (was: Proposed survey on I-D authoring tools)
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> On 6/10/2020, at 12:23 AM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
> 
> Am 01.10.2020 um 19:09 schrieb Jay Daley:
>> The updated survey is below.  Please note that
>> 
>> - this doesn’t show the links
>> - I am still not sure how to point people to their Datatracker stats page
>> - the flow logic may change when the survey is tested.
>> 
>> Further feedback is most welcome.
>> 
>> Jay
>> ...
> 
> Sorry for late feedback :-)
> 
> This is good, thanks!
> 
> The one missing thing I currently can think of is an option to provide
> information about other tools in use to either *generate* source, or to
> validate it.
> 
> For instance:
> 
> - automatic *extraction* of sourcecode (such as ABNF) with the goal of
> validation (and maybe re-inserting into an appendix)
> - automatic *insertion* of source code
> - automatic generation of document parts (such as reference tables)
> - preprocessors that extend the XML vocabulary and generate "plain" xml2rfc
> - use of SVG tools (or reasons why they are not used)
> - tools that read a textual description and generate artwork from it
> (like sequence diagrams)
> - tools that check references (such as to RFCs and IDs, and to catch
> dangling "deep" links, such as when a section number in the referenced
> document changed)

The survey currently asks:

[QUESTION - Matrix/Rating Scale]
How often do you use the following checking tools? (Ignore any you don’t know about)
Items
	• Bill’s ABNF parser to check ABNF
	• idnits to check a draft before submission 
	• idspell to check a draft for spelling errors
	• pyang to check YANG modules
	• RFC dependency checker
	• rfcdiff to find diffs between versions of drafts
	• Using the relaxNG schema for the RFC XML
	• SMICng to check MIBs
	• smilint to check MIBs
	• svgcheck to check a draft for SVG schema compliance 
	• xml2rfc validator to validate RFC XML
	• YANG validator to check YANG modules
	• Other [PLEASE SPECIFY]
Scale
	• Always
	• Very often
	• Sometimes
	• Rarely
	• Never [Ensure this is scored as 0]

Which I think covers some of what you have suggested but by asking about the specific tools rather than the generic categories.  As this is such a catch-all I will add a question:

	[QUESTION - Comment Box]
	Please list any other tools that you use and the purpose of those tools

Jay

> 
> Best regards, Julian
> 
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Jay Daley
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