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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                              K. Watsen
Internet-Draft                                          Juniper Networks
Intended status: Best Current Practice                      June 6, 2018
Expires: December 8, 2018


                Handling Long Lines in Artwork in Drafts
                draft-kwatsen-netmod-artwork-folding-01

Abstract

   This document introduces a simple and yet time-proven strategy for
   handling long lines in artwork in drafts using a backslash ('\')
   character where line-folding has occurred.  The strategy works on any
   text based artwork, producing consistent results regardless the
   artwork content.  Using a per-artwork notice, the strategy is both
   self-documenting and enables automated reconstitution of the original
   artwork.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.1.  Automated folding of long lines in artwork  . . . . . . .   3
     3.2.  Automated reconstitution of original artwork  . . . . . .   3
   4.  Limitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.1.  Doesn't work well on graphical artwork  . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.2.  Doesn't work as well as format-specific options . . . . .   4
   5.  Solution  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     5.1.  Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     5.2.  Unfolding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Appendix A.  POSIX Shell Script . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11

1.  Introduction

   Internet drafts many times contain artwork that exceed the 72
   character limit specified by RFC 7994 [RFC7994].  The "xml2rfc"
   utility, in an effort to maintain clean formatting, issues a warning
   whenever artwork lines exceed 69 characters.  According to RFC
   Editor, there is currently no convention in place for how to handle
   long lines, other than clearly indicating that some manipulation has
   occurred.

   This document introduces a simple and yet time-proven strategy for
   handling long lines using a backslash ('\') character where line-
   folding has occurred.  The strategy works on any text based artwork,
   producing consistent results regardless the artwork content.  Using a
   per-artwork notice, the strategy is both self-documenting and enables
   automated reconstitution of the original artwork.

2.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in BCP




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   14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

3.  Goals

3.1.  Automated folding of long lines in artwork

   Automated folding of long lines is needed in order to support draft
   compilations that entail a) validation of source input files (e.g.,
   YANG, XML, JSON, ABNF, ASN.1) and/or b) dynamic generation of output
   (e.g., tree diagrams) that are stitched into the final draft to be
   submitted.

   Generally, in order for tooling to be able to process input files,
   the files must be in their original/natural state, which may include
   having some long lines.  Thus, these source files need to be modified
   before inclusion in the draft in order to satisfy the line length
   limits.  This modification SHOULD be automated to reduce effort and
   errors resulting from manual effort.

   Similarly, dynamically generated output (e.g., tree diagrams) must
   also be modified, if necessary, in order for the resulting I-D to
   satisfy the line length limits.  When needed, this effort again
   SHOULD be automated to reduce effort and errors resulting from manual
   effort.

3.2.  Automated reconstitution of original artwork

   Automated reconstitution of the original artwork is needed to support
   validation of artwork extracted from drafts.  Already YANG modules
   are extracted from drafts and validated as part of the draft-
   submission process.  Additionally, there has been some discussion
   regarding needing to do the same for examples contained within drafts
   ([yang-doctors-list]).  Thus, it SHOULD be possible to mechanically
   reconstitute artwork in order to satisfy the tooling input parsers.

4.  Limitations

4.1.  Doesn't work well on graphical artwork

   While the solution presented in this document will work on any kind
   of text-based artwork, it is most useful on artwork that represents
   sourcecode (e.g., YANG, XML, JSON, etc.) or, more generally, on
   artwork that has not been laid out in two dimensions (e.g.,
   diagrams).

   The issue regards the readability of the folded artwork in the draft.
   Artwork that is unpredictable is especially susceptible is looking



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   bad when folded; falling into this category are most UML diagrams.
   Artwork that is somewhat structured (e.g., YANG tree diagrams
   [RFC8340]) fair better when folded, as the eyes seem to be able to
   still see the vertical lines, even when they are interrupted.

   It is thus NOT RECOMMENDED to use the solution presented in this
   document on graphical artwork.

4.2.  Doesn't work as well as format-specific options

   The solution presented in this document works generically for all
   artwork, as it only views artwork as plain text.  However, various
   formats sometimes have mechanisms that can be used to prevent long
   lines.

   For instance, some source formats allow any quoted string to be
   broken up into substrings separated by a concatenation character
   ('+'), any of which can by on a different line.

   In another example, some languages allow factoring out chucks of code
   out into "functions" or "groupings".  Using such call outs is
   especially helpful when in some deeply-nested code, as it typically
   resets the indentation back to the first column.

   As such, it is RECOMMENDED that authors do as much as possible within
   the selected format to avoid long lines.

5.  Solution

   The following two sections provide the folding and unfolding
   algorithms that MUST be implemented to align with this BCP.

5.1.  Folding

   Scan the artwork to see if any line exceeds the desired maximum.  If
   no line exceeds the desired maximum, exit (this artwork does not need
   to be folded).

   Scan the artwork to ensure no existing lines already end with a '\'
   character on the desired maximum column, as this would be ambiguous.
   If such a line is found, exit (this artwork cannot be folded)

   Otherwise, as it is determined the artwork needs to be folded,
   prepend one of the following two 3-line headers as follows:

      If the desired maximum is 69, which is what is needed for
      `xml2rfc`, use the following header (RFC Ed. replace XX below with
      the assigned value for this BCP):



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         \n[Note: '\' line wrapping added per BCP XX]\n\n


      Otherwise, if the desired maximum is anything other than 69, use
      the followig header (RFC Ed. replace XX below with the assigned
      value for this BCP):


         \n[Note: '\' line wrapping added on <col> per BCP XX]\n\n


      where <col> is replaced with the column on which the artwork is
      folded.

   For each line in the artwork, from top-to-bottom, if the line exceeds
   the desired maximum, then fold the line at the desired maximum column
   by inserting the string "\\n" at the column before the maximum
   column.  Note that the column before needs to be used in order to
   enable the '\' character to be placed on the desired maximum column.

   Continue in this manner until reaching the end of the artwork.  Note
   that this algorithm naturally addresses the case where the remainder
   of a folded line is still longer than the desired maximum, and hence
   needs to be folded again.

5.2.  Unfolding

   Scan the artwork for one of the above-mentioned headers.  If neither
   header is present in the artwork, exit (this artwork does not need to
   be unfolded).

   If the header is the variant that specifies on which column the
   folding occurs, extract the folding-column value from the header.

   Remove the 3-line header from the artwork.

   For each line in the artwork, from top-to-bottom, if the line has a
   '\' on the folding-column followed by a '\n' character, then remove
   both the '\' and '\n' characters and then scan the remainder of the
   line to see if it again has a '\' after folding-column characters
   followed by a '\n' character, and so on.

   Continue in this manner until reaching the end of the artwork.








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6.  Security Considerations

   This BCP has no Security Considerations.

7.  IANA Considerations

   This BCP has no IANA Considerations.

8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>.

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8174>.

8.2.  Informative References

   [RFC7994]  Flanagan, H., "Requirements for Plain-Text RFCs",
              RFC 7994, DOI 10.17487/RFC7994, December 2016,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7994>.

   [RFC8340]  Bjorklund, M. and L. Berger, Ed., "YANG Tree Diagrams",
              BCP 215, RFC 8340, DOI 10.17487/RFC8340, March 2018,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8340>.

   [yang-doctors-list]
              "[yang-doctors] automating yang doctor reviews",
              <https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/msg/yang-doctors/
              DCfBqgfZPAD7afzeDFlQ1Xm2X3g>.
















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Appendix A.  POSIX Shell Script

   This non-normative appendix section includes a shell script that can
   both fold and unfold artwork based on the solution presented in this
   document.

   As a testament for the simplicity of this solution, note that at the
   core of the script are the following two one-liners:

   For folding:
     gsed "/.\{$testcol\}/s/\(.\{$foldcol\}\)/\1\\\\\n/g"

   For unfolding:
     gsed ":x; /[^\t]\\{$foldcol\\}\\\\\$/N; s/\\\\\n/\t/; tx; s/\t//g"

   Disclaimer: this script has the limitation of disallowing the input
   file from containing any TAB ('\t') characters.

   =====START SCRIPT=====


   [Note: '\' line wrapping per BCP XX]

   #!/bin/bash
   #
   # the only reason why /bin/sh isn't being used
   # is because "echo -n" is broken on the Mac.

   print_usage() {
     echo
     echo "Folds the text file, only if needed, at the specified"
     echo "column, according to BCP XX."
     echo
     echo "Usage: $0 [-c <col>] [-r] -i <infile> -o <outfile>"
     echo
     echo "  -c: column to fold on (default: 69)"
     echo "  -r: reverses the operation"
     echo "  -i: the input filename"
     echo "  -o: the output filename"
     echo "  -d: show debug messages"
     echo "  -h: show this message"
     echo
     echo "Exit status code: zero on success, non-zero otherwise."
     echo
   }


   # global vars, do not edit



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   degug=0
   reversed=0
   infile=""
   outfile=""
   maxcol=69  # default, may be overridden by param
   header="\n[Note: '\' line wrapping per BCP XX]\n\n"


   fold_it() {
     # since upcomming tests are >= (not >)
     testcol=`expr "$maxcol" + 1`

     # check if file needs folding
     grep ".\{$testcol\}" $infile >> /dev/null 2>&1
     if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
       if [[ $debug -eq 1 ]]; then
         echo "nothing to do"
       fi
       cp $infile $outfile
       return 0
     fi

     foldcol=`expr "$maxcol" - 1` # for the inserted '\' char

     # ensure file doesn't have any '\' char on $maxcol already
     #  - as this would lead to false positives...
     grep "^.\{$foldcol\}\\\\$" $infile >> /dev/null 2>&1
     if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
       echo
       echo "Error: infile has a '\' on colomn $maxcol already."
       echo
       exit 1
     fi

     if [ $maxcol -ne 69 ]; then
       header="\n[Note: '\' line wrapping on $maxcol per BCP XX]\n\n"
     fi
     echo -ne "$header" > $outfile
     gsed "/.\{$testcol\}/s/\(.\{$foldcol\}\)/\1\\\\\n/g" < $infile >> \
   $outfile
     return 0
   }


   unfold_it() {
     # check if it looks like a BCP XX header
     result=`cat $infile | awk 'NR == 2' | grep "\\[Note: \'\\\\\' line\
    wrapping .*per BCP XX]" 2>&1`



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     if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
       if [[ $debug -eq 1 ]]; then
         echo "nothing to do"
       fi
       cp $infile $outfile
       return 0
     fi

     # determine what maxcol value was used
     grep "\[Note: '\\\' line wrapping per BCP XX\]" $infile  >> /dev/n\
   ull 2>&1
     if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
       maxcol=69
     else
       maxcol=`echo "$result" | sed 's/.*on \([0-9]*\) per.*/\1/'`
     fi

     # count lines in header
     numlines=`echo -ne "$header" | wc -l`

     awk "NR>$numlines" $infile > /tmp/wip
     foldcol=`expr "$maxcol" - 1` # for the inserted '\' char
     gsed ":x; /[^\t]\\{$foldcol\\}\\\\\$/N; s/\\\\\n/\t/; tx; s/\t//g"\
    /tmp/wip > $outfile
     rm /tmp/wip
     return 0
   }


   process_input() {
     while [ "$1" != "" ]; do
       if [ "$1" == "-h" -o "$1" == "--help" ]; then
         print_usage
         exit 1
       fi
       if [ "$1" == "-d" ]; then
         debug=1
       fi
       if [ "$1" == "-c" ]; then
         maxcol="$2"
         shift
       fi
       if [ "$1" == "-r" ]; then
         reversed=1
       fi
       if [ "$1" == "-i" ]; then
         infile="$2"
         shift



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       fi
       if [ "$1" == "-o" ]; then
         outfile="$2"
         shift
       fi
       shift
     done

     if [ -z "$infile" ]; then
       echo
       echo "Error: infile parameter missing (use -h for help)"
       echo
       exit 1
     fi

     if [ -z "$outfile" ]; then
       echo
       echo "Error: outfile parameter missing (use -h for help)"
       echo
       exit 1
     fi
   }


   main() {
     if [ "$#" == "0" ]; then
        print_usage
        exit 1
     fi

     process_input $@

     if [[ $reversed -eq 0 ]]; then
       fold_it
       code=$?
     else
       unfold_it
       code=$?
     fi
     exit $code
   }

   main "$@"

   =====END SCRIPT=====






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Acknowledgements

   The authors thank the RFC Editor for confirming that there are no set
   convention today for handling long lines in artwork.

Author's Address

   Kent Watsen
   Juniper Networks

   EMail: kwatsen@juniper.net








































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