Incremental revisions (Was: Proposed statement wrt GNU FDL
On Sat, Apr 26, 2003 at 01:50:33AM -0400,
Anthony DeRobertis <email@example.com> wrote
a message of 42 lines which said:
> > RFC authors do it all the time, by issuing updates to existing RFC
> > documents. They say "Do it like this, except for this, this, and this".
> No, that's generally only done for tiny changes: Adding a bit here or
> there, etc.
> For large changes, the old document is obsoleted and the relevant
> portions included into the new one. Any other way would be insane!
Therefore, the IETF is insane often :-) Take the DNS, for instance,
RFC 1034 and 1035 were never obsoleted (while many parts of them are)
and, to take your example, in order to understand the DNS, you have to
read several RFC, some updating or obsoleting others.