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   XML for RFCs

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A few people have been messing about with XML-ising RFCs.

There used to be a company (which I can no longer find; XML and RFC gets far 
too many matches in Google) who were paying students to mark up RFCs into 
their XML structure.

There have been a few efforts to do basic markup of RFCs in XML, but too many 
of them still just rely on large <pre> - style sections for the diagrams and 
so on.

What would be ideal is to have something like DocBook for RFCs, that can be 
rendered into the standard plain text style with a combination of XSLT and 
other software, but can also be put into HTML and other formats.

And the real killer app would be if the ABNF and packet diagrams had a formal 
notation in the XML, making it possible for protocol analyser tools like 
Ethereal and tcpdump to take RFCs as input and automatically generate parsers 
for IETF protocols!

Particularly useful in the Assigned Numbers RFCs.

There are three prongs to this work:

1) Making a decent DTD that handles all the different types of tables and 
diagrams found in RFCs, or at least the important ones; diagrams that are 
purely for illustration would have less priority than diagrams that could be 
used to automatically drive conformance test systems and derive skeleton 

2) Marking up existing RFCs (time consuming, but individually trivial)

3) Getting the IETF interested in publishing new RFCs in this format for the 
greater good of humanity



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