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* [TUHS] RFC formatting
@ 2019-10-04 22:41 ron minnich
  2019-10-08 13:21 ` Tony Finch
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From: ron minnich @ 2019-10-04 22:41 UTC (permalink / raw)
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"why is the formatting so weird" someone asked me.

I am guessing, looking at RFC 1, that it was formatted with an
ancestor of runoff but ... anyone?

ron

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* Re: [TUHS] RFC formatting
  2019-10-04 22:41 [TUHS] RFC formatting ron minnich
@ 2019-10-08 13:21 ` Tony Finch
  0 siblings, 0 replies; 2+ messages in thread
From: Tony Finch @ 2019-10-08 13:21 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: ron minnich; +Cc: TUHS main list

ron minnich <rminnich@gmail.com> wrote:

> "why is the formatting so weird" someone asked me.
>
> I am guessing, looking at RFC 1, that it was formatted with an
> ancestor of runoff but ... anyone?

This is really a question for the Internet History list, I think
http://www.postel.org/internet-history/

I don't know how things were done in the 1970s, except that the NIC used
Englebart's NLS. I get the impression that the earliest RFCs were
formatted using the facilities at the author's home institution; I don't
know about the mechanics of duplication and distribution, but it relied on
paper mail for some years until the NIC spun up an FTP server, e.g.
https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc95

For a very long time, RFCs and drafts were produced using nroff. You can
see some of the remnants of that here:
https://www.rfc-editor.org/pubprocess/tools/

For about 20 years there has been an XML source format for RFCs
https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2629

But in the final stages the RFC Editor would convert to nroff to produce
the final published form.

They have just this week switched to a toolchain based on v3 of the
xml2rfc source format. I believe they aren't using nroff for the text
format any more, the publishing tool produces it directly.

https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/msg/rfc-interest/jemoHh4imSYkX_Oo2FvMyt_7ZYg

Tony.
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