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Re: Tools to revive an old-ish TR and convert it to an RFC?

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 09:31:47 -0400
To: spec-prod@w3.org
Message-ID: <87slb0phrw.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org> was heard to say:
| - What's the general wisdom in terms of converting an existing TR
|   from HTML to xmlspec -- to what extent is that even deemed
|   feasible with tools (i.e., how much information loss is there in
|   the conversion from xmlspec to html), are there tools that go part
|   of the way, or would some poor editor be in for a rather
|   terrifying manual conversion job?
|
|   (The obvious alternative would be to edit the HTML directly.)

A little XSLT would no doubt take you a good deal of the way, though
I'm not aware of any existing XSLT for that purpose.

| - Assuming we'd go for xmlspec, is there any existing tooling that
|   would lend itself to easily producing an RFC out of this, e.g. by
|   transforming xmlspec into the format defined in the latest
|   draft-mrose-writing-rfcs [2], and then using the tools that are
|   common in the IETF?

The XML for RFCs is ... idiosyncratic. I think it'd be a challenge
to go from anything even moderately complicated to that format
cleanly.

I might, in your shoes, be tempted to author in the RFC markup and
then convert that into W3C HTML. Not that that's going to be easy
either, given the limitations of the RFC vocabulary.

| 1. http://www.w3.org/2007/xmlsec/
| 2. http://xml.resource.org/authoring/draft-mrose-writing-rfcs.html

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

-- 
Norman Walsh
XML Standards Architect
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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