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

Randy Bush <> Thu, 01 October 2020 16:55 UTC

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> I am not so sure what the value of asking what people do today is. The
> question that really matters is what people would do if they knew what
> all the options were.

actually, i don't really buy this.  what i use today differs from what i
use 10 or 20 years ago, and i presume similarly going forward.

what we have today, is close to a classic hourglass model, with an xml
waist.  you can produce that however the heck you want.  and there seems
to be a rich set of tools to produce the xml.  this seems a healthy
ecosystem to me.

and from the xml, the rfced can produce all the output formats.

some really sharp and hard-working folk have produced a rich ecosystem
of front ends.  this is great, as long as they are compatible with the
back end.

and we have a back end which is settling in from a major change.  i
suspect we may not want to 'fix' it right now.

hence my asking what all this is about.  i am trying to produce work,
not chase this week's fashion in editing/formatting.