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Comments on RFC 580: Machine readable protocols (RFC0582)

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Original Publication Date: 1973-Nov-05
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R. Clements: AUTHOR

Abstract

I fully support the requirement for machine-readable protocol documents. In my situation, the line-printer is a much more reliable device than the copying machine.

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Network Working Group                                        R. Clements

Request for Comments: 582                                      BBN-TENEX

NIC: 19962                                               5 November 1973

                         Comments on RFC 580 -

                       Machine Readable Protocols

   I fully support the requirement for machine-readable protocol

   documents.  In my situation, the line-printer is a much more reliable

   device than the copying machine.

   However, I object to the phrase "preferably as nls files" in RFC 580.

   My objection is based on the lack of conversion mechanisms INTO NLS,

   not to the retrieval process or NLS itself.

   Most sites have their own text editors and RUNOFF's (or their

   equivalents).  Most large protocol documents are prepared at least

   partially by secretarial help.  Those persons should be able to

   prepare the documents in the home machine (or wherever) in languages

   with which they are familiar.  There should be a general program

   (preferably clever, but at least generally available and predictable)

   for converting nicely formatted text to NLS files.

   Perhaps the program which receives mail for the journal will do the

   trick; if so it needs further documentation beyond the mail-oriented

   RFC 543, and its existence and usage need to be publicised.

   RECEIVED AT NIC NOVEMBER 14, 1973.

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