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[RDF_CONCEPTS] Editorial - Font problem on RFC2119 terms

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:53:07 -0400
Message-ID: <51B87D43.1020104@dbooth.org>
To: public-rdf-comments <public-rdf-comments@w3.org>

RFC2119 conformance terms are indistinguishable from the rest of the
text when portions of the spec are copied and pasted in plain text.
They are only rendered in a small-caps font when viewed as HTML.

Here is an example of a sentence copied and pasted from

     "Systems wishing to do this should mint a new, globally
     unique IRI (a Skolem IRI) for each blank node so replaced."

It should appear as:

     "Systems wishing to do this SHOULD mint a new, globally
     unique IRI (a Skolem IRI) for each blank node so replaced."

to indicate that "SHOULD" is an RFC2119 conformance term.

This is a problem that I observed before in the SPARQL specs, so I'm
wondering if the root of the problem is that it never got fixed in the
spec-generating software.  (Is it called "re-spec" or something like that?)

Could someone please fix this in the software, or point me to the source
code so that I can help fix it?  It is important that these conformance
terms be recognizable when the spec is quoted in email discussions, over
instant messenger, and other contexts where the fonts are not preserved.

Received on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:53:51 UTC

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