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2.16.04 (diff-2.16.04)

  • Tweaked the code to split intended status from author information, to match the minimum whitespace currently used by the xml2rfc v3 schema text formatter.
  • Changed the error on long lines to a mention if the long line has non-ascii characters, to work around UTF-8 encoded input.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 02 Apr 2020 16:36:03 +0200)

2.16.03 (diff-2.16.03)

  • Added a special case for boilerplate split across pages which is not correctly reassembled to a single paragraph.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 Mar 2020 16:47:57 +0100)

2.16.02 (diff-2.16.02)

  • Fixed a bug in the discovery of IPv6 example address ranges which could result in erroneously commenting about the lack of same.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Jan 2019 16:27:15 +0100)

2.16.01 (diff-2.16.01)

  • Changed the identification of [RFC2119][RFC8174] boilerplate to permit space or no space between the quotation square brackets.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Nov 2018 03:44:28 +0100)

2.16.00 (diff-2.16.00)

  • Modified idnits to be more discerning in identifying possible FQDNs, in particular to not identify email localparts as FQDNs.
  • After guidance from the IESG, changed the error for ASCII characters in drafts to a warning.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Oct 2018 14:54:28 +0200)

2.15.01 (diff-2.15.01)

  • Fixed an issue with the recognition of RFC8174 boilerplate.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 17 Jan 2018 07:05:28 +0100)

2.15.00 (diff-2.15.00)

  • Added support for https: URLs in boilerplate, and changed http: URLs to https: in messages and otherwise internally.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 Sep 2017 22:35:06 +0200)

2.14.02 (diff-2.14.02)

  • Added support for the RFC 8174 modification of RFC 2119. Both the RFC 8174 wording and previously accepted wordings are now accepted. At some point in the future, it is expected that only the 8179 version will be accepted.
  • Fixed a bug in setting up an array of long and short month-names.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 01 Jun 2017 15:00:26 +0200)

2.14.01 (diff-2.14.01)

  • Added a comment about adding IPv6 examples for documents that uses addresses from the IPv4 documentation range, without having any from the IPV6 documentation range
  • Changed some references to RFC5735 to instead mention RFC6980.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Apr 2016 9:57:59 +0100)

2.14.00 (diff-2.14.00)

  • Added a switch --nonascii, to disable reporting of non-ascii characters as errors
  • Added stripping of Byte Order Marks (BOMs)
  • Changed a 047 to apostrophe in a help text snippet.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 02 Mar 2016 12:45 +0100)

2.13.02 (diff-2.13.02)

  • Updated the expected signature of the rfc-status file.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Nov 2014 17:16:37 +0100)

2.13.01 (diff-2.13.01)

  • Added patterns so as to recognize symbolic references to ITU-T G- series references, even if they do not match the default symbolic reference strings.
  • Added better handling of some draft references broken across lines.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Nov 2014 17:16:37 +0100)

2.13.00 (diff-2.13.00)

  • Recognise not only "Updates RFC1234 and RFC 5678" in the abstract, but also "Updates [RFC1234] and [RFC 5678]", with square brackets. (Note, however, that references should not be used in the absract, and a warning will be issued for that).
  • Added an error for the user of references in the abstract.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 31 Oct 2013 13:52:16 +0100)

2.12.18 (diff-2.12.18)

  • Added better recognition of expiration dates in some places.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 May 2013 18:44:57 +0200)

2.12.17 (diff-2.12.17)

  • Decreased the verbosity of state file download messages.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 May 2013 18:44:57 +0200)

2.12.16 (diff-2.12.16)

  • Changed the test for Code Start markers to only look for the now well-established <CODE BEGINS> marker, to avoid false positives for the others (a case in point being draft-ietf-mmusic-rfc2326bis, which inadvertently triggered one of the others).
  • When running submission-checks only on a document, nothing was said in previous idnits versions about too long lines, as it's not an error in this case. However, it's still undesirable, and can cause problems, so a warning is appropriate. Added this.
  • Added a comment about text that looks like a code comment but is not enclosed in <CODE BEGINS>...<CODE ENDS>.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Apr 2013 16:54:56 +0200)

2.12.15 (diff-2.12.15)

  • Added more logging during download phase, in order to make it easier to debug cases where it looks like the callout to idnits from the submission tool under Apache has been cut short.
  • Changed the timeout value for state file downloads, in order to (hopefully) reduce the risk that callouts to idnits from Apache processes will be cut short.
  • Changed verbosity for output about state file downloads, in order to make it more likely that Apache processes will understand that idnits is working and not stalled.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 05 Feb 2013 16:38:44 +0100)

2.12.14 (diff-2.12.14)

  • Modified the handling of pre- and post-10-nov-2008 documents, to give more more information and advice on when a pre-RFC5378 disclaimer is and isn't needed.
  • Added a new nits level, 'flaw', between error and warning. Added a flaw indication for document names which clearly don't show the required name components according to the guidelines.
  • Changed the presentation of quoted paragraphs to not contain surrouding quote marks, but instead have additional indentation, according to style advice received.
  • Fixed a bug related to identification of almost-matching boilerplate text in a document.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 22 Nov 2012 16:53:25 +0100)

2.12.13 (diff-2.12.13)

  • The use of the IETF Trust Provisions section 6.b License from 12 Sep 2009 rather than the newer notice from 28 Dec 2009 has till now only been flagged as a warning -- turning this into an error.
  • Improved the heuretics for handling URLs broken across lines in a paragraph.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 10 Jan 2012 16:17:46 +0100)

2.12.12 (diff-2.12.12)

  • Recognize references in ABNF comments. Since v2.08.03 references in ABNF parts of a document have been ignored, to avoid spurious warnings because of bracketed ABNF explressions; but within ABNF comments it is appropriate to register references.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 25 May 2011 16:56:37 +0200)

2.12.11 (diff-2.12.11)

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 May 2011 17:27:39 +0200)

2.12.10 (diff-2.12.10)

  • Added diagnostic messages for various downloaded status files when running in verbose mode.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 05 May 2011 15:15:12 +0200)

2.12.09 (diff-2.12.09)

  • Tweaked the regex which detects mentions of 'obsoletes', 'updates', and 'replaces' in the Abstract.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 30 Mar 2011 13:56:41 +0100)

2.12.08 (diff-2.12.08)

  • Added code to call out to a grammar check utility, from Lars Eggert.
  • Refined the detection of Modifies/Updates text in the abstract, and the resulting comment messages.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 17 Feb 2011 16:23:52 +0100)

2.12.07 (diff-2.12.07)

  • Check that the document is consistent in its handling of Obsoletes: and Updates: indications, according to the I-D Checklist Section 3.1.D.
  • Add support for another variation of the 'INTERNET-DRAFT ...' header line.
  • Add some support for recognition of embedded C-code. This reduces the number of false warnings for things that looks like references, but are not. Also add support for code markers according to IETF Trust Policy of 2009-12-28.
  • Recognize another version of the 'Status of Memo' section title.
  • Prevent false warnings for 2119 language when BSD license language is encountered.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 17 Feb 2011 16:23:52 +0100)

2.12.06 (diff-2.12.06)

  • Added a warning for use of 'NOT RECOMMENDED' without including it in the list of RFC 2119 key words.
  • Changed references to RFC 3330 to instead refer to RFC 5735 which replaces it. Also added a reference to RFC 5771 for the multicast example range.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Feb 2011 16:03:05 +0100)

2.12.05 (diff-2.12.05)

  • Changed the error for non-RFC3849 IPv6 addresses to be a warning.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 Aug 2010 14:02:23 +0200)

2.12.04 (diff-2.12.04)

  • Changed the warning about dates too far in the past or future to be comments. Warnings seem a bit too strong for this.
  • Changed the error about the use of non-example FQDNs to a warning. RFC 2606 only suggests the use of example.* or *.example FQDNs, and the IESG checklist http://www.ietf.org/id-info/checklist uses 'SHOULD', so an error seems inappropriate.
  • Changed the reference for multicast example addresses from draft-ietf-mboned-rfc3171bis to RFC5771.
  • Added parsing of iso-format document dates.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 May 2010 10:33:37 +0200)

2.12.03 (diff-2.12.03)

  • Moved the check for IPv6 addresses which don't comply with RFC 3849 from check_line() to check_para(). Changed paragraph assembly to recognize split IPv6 addresses.
  • Updated the comment on multicast example IPv4 addresses to reference RFC 5771 instead of draft-ietf-mboned-rfc3171bis.
  • More consistence in saying "RFC NNNN" rather then "RFCNNNN".
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Apr 2010 13:35:30 +0200)

2.12.02 (diff-2.12.02)

  • Added recognition of additional 'Intended Status: ' strings, such as 'Standard Track' for 'Standards Track', etc.
  • Fixed a bug which resulted in unrecognized 'Intended Status: ' strings not being reported as such (with a warning) and improved the warning text.
  • Added a warning if the document date is too different from todays date.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 25 Mar 2010 10:12:57 -0700)

2.12.01 (diff-2.12.01)

  • The order of final double-quote and sentence stop in the ID-guidelines paragraph 5 text differed between the idnits expectations and the web page. Changed to accept both.
  • The ID-guidelines document combines the trust-specified statement of conformance with BCP 78 and 79 with the following statement of drafts being working documents into one paragraph, while idnits only would recognize them as separate paragraphs. Fixed to accept both.
  • Idnits expected the final URL in the ID-guidelines section 5 para 7 to end in a slash, while the guidelines specifies it without slash. Changed to accept both.
  • Changed the ID-Checklist URL from http://www.ietf.org/ID-Checklist.html to http://www.ietf.org/id-info/checklist
  • Added a warning for the format of Obsoletes: and Updates: indications in drafts. The list of obsoleted/updated RFCs should consist only of numbers, without any 'RFC' label.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 Feb 2010 12:13:24 +0100)

2.12.00 (diff-2.12.00)

  • Added recognition of the new 28 Dec 2009 boilerplate, and made it an error to use 12 Feb 2009 boilerplate.
  • Many minor tweaks to the error and warning language.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Jan 2010 16:23:45 +0100)

2.11.17 (diff-2.11.17)

  • Applied a patch from Lars Eggert to permit a shorter first-page draft boilerplate which eliminates the listing of internet-draft shadow directories.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Jan 2010 16:46:30 +0100)

2.11.16 (diff-2.11.16)

  • Added new IPv4 ranges for use in documentation; patch from Carlos Pignataro.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Jan 2010 13:38:18 +0100)

2.11.15 (diff-2.11.15)

  • Fixed failure to correctly extract filename and revision from references containing 2 or more digits after dash in the name.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 22 Oct 2009 23:00:22 +0200)

2.11.14 (diff-2.11.14)

  • Fixed inoperative comment about the occurence of 'BM' at the start of a draft file, which can make the submission tool think the draft is a .bmp file. Thanks to Pasi for finding this one.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 21 Sep 2009 14:31:11 +0200)

2.11.13 (diff-2.11.13)

  • Added the new trust boilerplate to the recognised boilerplates.
  • Added a warning about the old boilerplate not being accepted after december 12, 2009
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 12 Sep 2009 13:29:46 +0200)

2.11.12 (diff-2.11.12)

  • Fixed an erroneously included double space in the boilerplate for the trust-12-feb-2009 Section 6.c.iii text, which caused erroneous diff indications in verbose mode when there was a mismatch for this text.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Jul 2009 13:03:17 +0200)

2.11.11 (diff-2.11.11)

  • The regexes for the no-modify-clause from the trust boilerplate and the RFC 3978 Section 5.2b overlapped unnecessarily which could cause incorrect error messages. Fixed.
  • The text of the trust no-modify-clause was incorrect due to omitted space characters, causing omitted warnings. Fixed.
  • The presence of a no-modification clause was signalled with a note rather than a comment. Fixed.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 29 Apr 2009 0:40:16 +0200)

2.11.10 (diff-2.11.10)

  • Added a better diagnostic message when all required boilerplate is missing.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 28 Apr 2009 15:05:27 +0200)

2.11.09 (diff-2.11.09)

  • Added support for the multicast example address range specified in draft-ietf-mboned-rfc3171bis (
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 23 Apr 2009 15:34:05 +0200)

2.11.08 (diff-2.11.08)

  • Turned the warning for old (10 Nov 2008) Trust licence notice into an error, as announced earlier.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Apr 2009 10:34:40 +0200)

2.11.07 (diff-2.11.07)

  • Added a comment for drafts where the first two octets are 'BM', as IE can mistakenly think this is a img/bmp file (despite the right mime-type being indicated by the web-server).
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Mar 2009 23:17:24 +0100)

2.11.06 (diff-2.11.06)

  • Added a special case to the header/footer-stripping code to handle a case of boilerplate being split across pages.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Mar 2009 1:21:54 +0100)

2.11.05 (diff-2.11.05)

  • Added the ability to recognize the pre-5378 workaround boilerplate (para 6.c.iii) also when concatenated with 6.a and 6.b para 3
  • Fixed a couple of places where boilerplate was tested against section 6.b para. 2 instead of 6.b para 3, leading to not correctly recognizing the 6.b para boilerplate in some situations.
  • Corrected the 6.c.i text to say /or to translate/ instead of /and to translate/.
  • Fixed a bug where a partial match on 12 Feb 2009 Section 6.b boilerplate could be mistaken for a full match.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 Feb 2009 1:41:31 +0100)

2.11.04 (diff-2.11.04)

  • Fixed a bug where multiple new-and-old boilerplate errors might be issued for the same text.
  • Copyright notices within MIB modules could trigger a multiple- copyright warning, which they should not. Added code to recognize beginning and end of MIB, and suppress recognition of copyright lines within the MIB.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Feb 2009 1:24:19 +0100)

2.11.03 (diff-2.11.03)

  • Added 12 Feb 2009 versions of the trust boilerplate.
  • Added two warnings related to the fix for pre-5378 documents; one for documents first submitted before 10 Nov 2008 that lack the necessary disclaimer, and one for documents first submitted later, which still has the disclaimer.
  • Added a warning about Section 6.b boilerplate from the 10 Nov 2008 Trust document, which differs from the 6.b boilerplate from the 12 Feb 2009 document.
  • Fixed the naming of a boilerplate entry so as to be able to convert the name properly to section-and-paragraph notation.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Feb 2009 18:44:55 +0100)

2.11.02 (diff-2.11.02)

  • Added a comment for drafts where the first two octets are 'PK', as IE can mistakenly think this is a zip file (despite the right mime-type being indicated by the web-server).
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 01 Feb 2009 9:06:09 +0100)

2.11.01 (diff-2.11.01)

  • Changed the initial comment about 'boilerplate required by RFC 3978 and 3979, updated by RFC 4748' to instead refer to RFC 5378 and the Trust.
  • Added diagnostic comments about which old (RFC 3978 et. al.) boilerplate was found, and on what lines, when the trust boilerplate update suggestion is emitted.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Jan 2009 13:46:32 +0100)

2.11.00 (diff-2.11.00)

  • Changed the warning for the new trust boilerplate to an error.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 17 Dec 2008 11:10:35 +0100)

2.10.03 (diff-2.10.03)

  • Additional wrinkles associated with the new boilerplate has made the cut-off date of December 16 uncertain. Removing that info from the boilerplate version warning.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Dec 2008 11:40:56 +0100)

2.10.02 (diff-2.10.02)

  • The copyright line was apparently also changed somewhere during the mad change bonanza which started last Friday evening. Fixed to match the now posted Trust policy.
  • Restricted warnings for missing Trust policy section 6.a boilerplate to non-RFC documents
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Nov 2008 10:57:12 +0100)

2.10.01 (diff-2.10.01)

  • Added warnings about new boilerplate according to trust provisions of 16 Oct 2008 being required from 01:00 16 Dec 2008 UTC.
  • Modified paragraph concatenation to handle broken URLs better
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Nov 2008 7:49:01 +0100)

2.10.00 (diff-2.10.00)

  • Added boilerplate checks according to trust provisions letter of 16 Oct 2008, which will eventually replace the RFC 3978 and 3979 boilerplate. No warnings for old boilerplate yet; that will be introduced on January 16, 2009.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 Nov 2008 13:35:36 +0100)

2.09.01 (diff-2.09.01)

  • Added checks for more doubtful RFC 2119 constructs: 'SHOULD not', 'SHALL not', 'not RECOMMENDED'.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 09 Oct 2008 0:04:48 +0200)

2.09.00 (diff-2.09.00)

  • Lately, multiple drafts with bad filenames have appeared -- so the filename checks were clearly insufficient. In one case, the draft contained one (OK) draft name internally, and another as file name. This was not caught by the submission checks... Accordingly, this version adds two additional filename checks.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 17 Sep 2008 19:16:34 +0200)

2.08.11 (diff-2.08.11)

  • The attach-idnits script failed to enclose the idnits results when non-fatal errors (such as failed download of a possible draft status file) occurred. Changed to always enclose the results, even when failures occur.
  • The error count when no IPR, Copyright or other boilerplate was found was correct but non-intuitive. Changed to count this only as 1 error.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 09 May 2008 17:14:19 +0200)

2.08.10 (diff-2.08.10)

  • Fixed a bug where RFC 2119 words at the end of a line would not be registered as 2119 words. Thanks to Arnt Gulbrandsen for finding this.
  • Added a new switch, to silence comments about missing document state files: --quiet-download
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 09 May 2008 17:14:19 +0200)

2.08.09 (diff-2.08.09)

  • Added separate warnings about not using documentation IP addresses for IPv4 multicast addresses, IPv6 link-local addresses and IPv6 unique-local addresses.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 08 May 2008 2:42:19 +0200)

2.08.08 (diff-2.08.08)

  • Corrected a flaw in the regexp for imap_rule_format
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 16 Apr 2008 10:40:00 +0200)

2.08.07 (diff-2.08.07)

  • Disabling support for mawk -- it's been broken for some time, and investigation shows that paragraph matching doesn't work as expected, without pinpointing what triggers the bug and giving a workaround.
  • Adding support for recognizing some IMAP server responses which otherwise would have been taken for references. Thanks to Arnt Gulbrandsen for this.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 16 Apr 2008 00:04:27 +0200)

2.08.06 (diff-2.08.06)

  • Removed -N argument from wget invocation. Doesn't make sense together with "-O -".
  • Record the date of successful download of a state file in the .date file
  • Added information about outdated state files to selected errors and warnings.
  • Fixed a minor bug where all download comments information didn't go to the same output file handle.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Apr 2008 9:21:33 +0200)

2.08.05 (diff-2.08.05)

  • State files weren't closed when done reading them. Fixed.
  • Added warnings for reference to RFCs which haven't been issued.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 30 Mar 2008 1:51:40 +0100)

2.08.04 (diff-2.08.04)

  • Fixed a case where a valid ToC had parenthesized after the ToC intro line:

    Table of Contents (will be updated after WG discussion)

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Feb 2008 13:23:25 +0100)

2.08.03 (diff-2.08.03)

  • Improved differentiation between ABNF and references
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Feb 2008 12:32:03 +0100)

2.08.02 (diff-2.08.02)

New rev based on input from John Klensin:

  • The note about information on normative references referred to RFC 3967 -- added a reference to 4897, which updates it.
  • Improved the extraction of referenced RFC number in references
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Feb 2008 11:28:03 +0100)

2.08.01 (diff-2.08.01)

  • Added text to the 3978 Section 5.2(b) and 5.3 comments for individual drafts that submission to the IESG for publication with that text would be an error.
  • Removed the suggestion to run with --verbose option from the output when running with --submitcheck.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Feb 2008 0:57:07 +0100)

2.08.00 (diff-2.08.00)

  • When running withh --submitcheck, be verbose about boilerplate problems.
  • When running withh --submitcheck, report missing ToC as a warning rather than an error (for documents longer than 15 pages)
  • If the document is an individual draft, rather than an ietf draft, the Publication Limitation and Derivative works clauses are reported as comments, rather than warnings.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Feb 2008 0:06:09 +0100)

2.07.00 (diff-2.07.00)

  • Someone just submitted a draft named draft--...--00.txt (leading and trailing double-hyphens) which is both against custom, against ID- guidelines intent (empty components) and breaks a bunch of tool assumptions. Adding checks for this.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 08 Feb 2008 19:10:37 +0100)

2.06.01 (diff-2.06.01)

  • Under OS X (e.g., Darwin) there seems to be trouble with some sed expressions, in particular /match/N; s/n// does not seem to work. Rewrote the operation in question using awk instead, which makes draft reference state download work for draft names split across a line break.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 23 Jan 2008 17:14:37 +0100)

2.06.00 (diff-2.06.00)

  • Changed matching algorithm to catch leading matching components of run-together boilerplate components, to give better error messages.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 22 Jan 2008 22:48:23 +0100)

2.05.04 (diff-2.05.04)

  • Now accepting Intended Status: indication not only in the lefthand part of the header.
  • Fixed a bug in the header-stripping code which could strip out non-header lines starting with "RFC" by making the regex much more selective.
  • Added acceptance of the title of RFC 2119 in the key words boilerplate.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 22 Jan 2008 21:41:41 +0100)

2.05.03 (diff-2.05.03)

  • Added line-ending normalization for both DOS and MAC type line endings. Documents with MAC line ending (^M) were not handled correctly earlier.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 29 Nov 2007 0:24:43 +0100)

2.05.02 (diff-2.05.02)

  • Fixed a bug with RFC status file download when running as a web- service (from the tools/idnits/ directory).

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 29 Nov 2007 0:24:43 +0100)

2.05.01 (diff-2.05.01)

  • Added a tweak to make idnits work under Windows/cygwin.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Nov 2007 21:40:37 +0100)

2.05.00 (diff-2.05.00)

  • Fixed a problem where the return code when given a non-existent file name would be zero, rather than non-zero.
  • Added assembly of text paragraphs in general, using the paragraph from get_para() if present, otherwise assembling new paragraphs during normal line-by-line operation. This permits reliable checks of word combinations and words that may be broken across lines.
  • Added checks for bad word combinations 'MUST not' and 'MAY NOT'.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 01 Nov 2007 19:04:33 +0200)

2.04.16 (diff-2.04.16)

  • Added detection of multiple references to the same draft or RFC.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Sep 2007 20:09:38 +0200)

2.04.15 (diff-2.04.15)

  • Fixed a bug in the extraction of draft names for state downloading.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Sep 2007 18:04:58 +0200)

2.04.14 (diff-2.04.14)

  • Look for the occurrence of "ABNF" before applying ABNF exception to reference pattern recognition
  • Added a warning for possible missing NROFF postprocessing

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 22 Aug 2007 16:43:10 +0200)

2.04.13 (diff-2.04.13)

  • Change RFC reference for documentation IPv6 numbers from 3848 to the correct RFC 3849
  • Incorporate fixes from Dan Wing for cygwin related issues having to do with handling of rn line endings in downloaded status files and extracted reference information

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 17 Aug 2007 17:57:53 +0200)

2.04.12 (diff-2.04.12)

  • Accept 2001:0db8: as well as 2001:db8: for RFC 3848 addresses

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 09 Jul 2007 18:13:08 +0200)

2.04.11 (diff-2.04.11)

  • Changed the message for 'outdated reference' where it is a draft with a higher version number

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 09 Jul 2007 16:38:18 +0200)

2.04.10 (diff-2.04.10)

  • Added comments about use of 'MAY NOT' and other undefined requirements expressions.

( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Jul 2007 12:42:42 +0200)

2.04.09 (diff-2.04.09)

  • Fixed off-by-one error when testing if expiration date was present on the first page ( the first 58 lines ).
  • Added another variation on expiration date text.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Jun 2007 1:12:57 +0200)

2.04.08 (diff-2.04.08)

  • Added a reference to RFC 3967 about using normative references to lower-maturity documents, when applicable.
  • Added '?' as a character permitted to occur after a reference
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 Jun 2007 17:33:26 +0200)

2.04.07 (diff-2.04.07)

  • Added "^editors?:$" as acceptable authors address section name.
  • Downgraded IPv4 example address check to warning
  • Added code to recognize references of the form RFC-1234 (with an embedded dash) as references to RFCs
  • Tweaked the warning text for unused references
  • Tweaked the texta about using the --verbose option
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Apr 2007 20:07:44 +0200)

2.04.06 (diff-2.04.06)

  • Added "^authors?:$" as acceptable authors address section name.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Apr 2007 15:52:06 +0200)

2.04.05 (diff-2.04.05)

  • For obsolete referenced RFCs, added an indication of the RFCs which obsoleted them.
  • Changed the state indication of RFCs with unknown state from Unknown to Unknown state.
  • Moved the legend for error, warning, info marks to the summary instead of having it at the beginning of the report
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 Apr 2007 13:44:31 +0200)

2.04.04 (diff-2.04.04)

  • Major changes in how the output looks:
  • Changed Error and Warning indications to be more obvious about the type of indication.
  • Added a third indication type, "Comment".
  • Added a blank line between indications.
  • Some wording tweaks
  • Added handling for embedded newlines in fold() function.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Apr 2007 17:16:39 +0200)

2.04.03 (diff-2.04.03)

  • Added the RFC4193 Unique Local Address rang FC00::/7 to the RFC 3849 specified IPv6 addresses which are accepted in documents.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Mar 2007 17:07:29 +0100)

2.04.02 (diff-2.04.02)

  • Added a --submitcheck switch which only issues errors and warnings related to boilerplate and 1id-guidelines requirements.
  • Added some ABNF rule detection heuristics to reduce false reference identification in ABNF rules
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Mar 2007 1:12:42 +0100)

2.04.01 (diff-2.04.01)

  • Changed the indication of no issues found after the individual checking sections from "Nothing found here" to "No issues found here".
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Mar 2007 0:23:54 +0100)

2.04.00 (diff-2.04.00)

  • Tweaked the header and footer stripping. Some drafts which correctly had the indication "Internet-Draft" at the top of the first page got this line stripped out, resulting in an inappropriate warning.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Mar 2007 0:21:00 +0100)

2.03.17 (diff-2.03.17)

  • Some minor refactoring.
  • Changed download() to not touch the date of old files; instead use a different file to hold the last-download-attempt-date state.
  • Tweaked the regex for reference sections.
  • Removed the downref warnings on things that look like references but probably are not.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 13 Mar 2007 16:36:21 +0100)

2.03.16 (diff-2.03.16)

  • Minor refactoring of the regex for references
  • Fixed bug in generating draft name from xml2rfc format draft reference tag -- "[I-D.ietf-mip4-subject]".
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Mar 2007 18:16:37 +0100)

2.03.15 (diff-2.03.15)

  • Tweaked the regex for references to include IEEE reference tags containing dots (period characters).
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Mar 2007 15:41:22 +0100)

2.03.14 (diff-2.03.14)

  • Only cosmetic changes to the reference related warnings.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Mar 2007 11:54:39 +0100)

2.03.13 (diff-2.03.13)

  • Added checks for outdated references -- drafts which have been published as RFC, or for which later revisions exist
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Mar 2007 11:31:47 +0100)

2.03.12 (diff-2.03.12)

  • Fixed a bug where --verbose mode would not handle files with DOS line endings properly.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Mar 2007 19:25:58 +0100)

2.03.11 (diff-2.03.11)

  • Added downref checking also for references occurring in the document text, but not listed in the reference section.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 02 Mar 2007 17:43:27 +0100)

2.03.10 (diff-2.03.10)

  • Added a note about empty iana sections.
  • Refined the extraction of draft names from the document (for draft statefile retrieval)
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 02 Mar 2007 0:09:57 +0100)

2.03.9 (diff-2.03.9)

  • Tweaked the regex to extract RFC number from a reference text to include more valid variations.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 27 Feb 2007 16:18:40 +0100)

2.03.8 (diff-2.03.8)

  • Added checking of intended status for referenced drafts. (This requires downloading of state information for the draft, which implies being online.)
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 27 Feb 2007 01:19:40 +0100)

2.03.7 (diff-2.03.7)

  • References containing a period character were not seen as references. This is necessary to avoid a certain class of false positives, but collides with the xml2rfc format for references to drafts, which have the form "I-D.name-subject". Similar formats are generated by xml2rfc for references to IEEE documents. Fixed by also accepting reference names beginning with "I-D.", "ID.", and "IEEE.".
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 26 Feb 2007 13:33:50 +0100)

2.03.6 (diff-2.03.6)

  • Fixed a message text nit.
  • Added a check for RFC 2119 text but no 2119 keyword usage.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 22 Feb 2007 13:49:23 +0100)

2.03.5 (diff-2.03.5)

  • Added support for ispell as an alternative to aspell
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Feb 2007 14:14:27 +0100)

2.03.4 (diff-2.03.4)

  • Fixed parsing of the "--spellcheck" switch which was broken; it ate the following word on the command line.
  • On FreeBSD / Darwin, the handling of \t is different in either bash or sed -- changed to using literal tabs instead of "\t" in two places.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Feb 2007 13:52:38 +0100)

2.03.3 (diff-2.03.3)

  • When looking for the draft file-name on the first page, idnits could pick up a draft name in an 'Updates:' or 'Obsoletes:' clause, which would refer to another draft. Fixed.
  • Fixed a typo in the private IPv4 address warning.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Feb 2007 9:28:54 +0100)

2.03.2 (diff-2.03.2)

  • Failure to find expiration date in footer of first page fixed.
  • Added private address range to the private addresses identified and reported.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Feb 2007 18:21:02 +0100)

2.03.1 (diff-2.03.1)

  • The code to look for one of a number of alternative executables did not work under Cygwin. Tweaked to work better, but is still not widely tested.
  • Added spell checking if aspell is available and spelling switch given.
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes an incorrect indication could be made about the document having multiple sections matching a boilerplate section start.
  • Removed private address range 10.x.x.x from the RFC 3330 warnings; missed them in 2.02.2.
  • Added a separate warning for private range IPv4 addresses (10.x.x.x, 192.168.x.x)
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 18 Feb 2007 13:05:33 +0100)

2.03.0 (diff-2.03.0)

  • RFC 3978 Section 5.2 derivative code limitations were not recognized when run together with the RFC 3978 Section 5.1 paragraph. Fixed.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 16 Feb 2007 14:45:16 +0100)

2.02.2 (diff-2.02.2)

  • Tweaked the removal of possible extension from document name as given in the text, and from the actual file name.
  • Added a switch "--showtext" which appends the (stripped) draft text to the nits report, with line numbers.
  • Refined the regexp and test for IPv4 literals to require 4 dot components exactly, and have none of the components larger than 255.
  • Removed private address range 192.168.x.x from the RFC 3330 warnings; they make sense when discussing NATs and private networks, and are recognized as martians by firewalls, so are not harmful in the same way as assignable addresses are.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 15 Feb 2007 16:45:52 +0100)

2.02.1 (diff-2.02.1)

  • Several tweaks to make recognition of reference use vs. reference definition better. Reference usage is now recognized also in appendices and non-appendix sections after the reference section, and in the reference definitions themselves.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Feb 2007 0:08:22 +0100)

2.02.0 (diff-2.02.0)

  • Permitted up to 6 spaces between section number and section title. This makes a class of documents which are OK, but didn't earlier pass idnits checking now pass fine. Some regex changes has removed the false positives formerly caused by permitting this amount of space between number and title.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 13 Feb 2007 16:05:15 +0100)

2.01.2 (diff-2.01.2)

  • Added an alternative regex for expiration date.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Feb 2007 6:59:00 +0100)

2.01.1 (diff-2.01.1)

  • Various minor tweaks to the report format.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Feb 2007 6:08:27 +0100)

2.01.0 (diff-2.01.0)

  • Changed the error coding of several errors: - Authors Address section: ID-Checklist - too long lines: ID-Checklist - No control characters: ID-Checklist - Bad FQDNs: ID-Cheklist - Bad IPv4 and IPv6 literal addresses: ID-Checklist - Ragged-Right: ID-Checklist
  • Improved handling of reference definitions which have been run together without separating blanklines.
  • Tweaked the error message for informative reference to obsoleted RFCs.
  • Normative references to obsoleted RFCs now produce an error.
  • The RFC status file is now generated with exception indications for informational RFCs which may be normatively referenced by standards
  • Changed the output format to have an extra initial section regarding boilerplate which is required by both the ID-Checklist and the ID-Guidelines.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Feb 2007 5:39:20 +0100)

2.00.3 (diff-2.00.3)

  • When running as a web service, $HOME may not be set. Using /var/tmp instead in that case.
  • Cleaned up the 3978 vs. 4748 error messages to be consistent and not give multiple messages for one problem.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Feb 2007 20:09:36 +0100)

2.00.2 (diff-2.00.2)

  • Moved the location of the rfc state file from $progdir/ to $HOME/.idnits/, which is more likely to be writable when idnits has been installed as a package.
  • Made idnits always issue a nit and warning count if any errors or warnings were found.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 Feb 2007 13:13:55 +0100)

2.00.1 (diff-2.00.1)

  • The --year switch was not handled properly. Fixed.
  • In verbose mode, errors reported in detail line-by-line were not also reported in the summary, purposely. This seems to have been unexpected by the users, so this behaviour has been changed.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 02 Feb 2007 8:09:43 +0100)

2.00.0 (diff-2.00.0)

Quite a bit of changes and some larger feature additions:

  • Changed the error reporting and error return codes.
  • Added download of RFC status file and downref checking based on that.
  • Added --checklistwarn option, to turn ID-Checklist errors into warnings (for use with the draft submission tool)
  • Added --status option to set the intended status of a draft, in case the draft does not indicate a status (or the correct status)
  • Added .+.(uri|urn|in-addr).arpa to allowed FQDNs
  • Fixed a bug in reporting embedded copyright notices
  • Tweaked the pemissible format for references to include additional acceptable contexts (surroundings) for valid references
  • Cleaned up the output format to be more consistent and less verbose
  • Changed from warnings to errors for failure to use the RFC 4748 boilerplate
  • Cleaned out some old dead code
  • Added new ID-guidelines checks:
    • The document should say "INTERNET-DRAFT" in the upper right-hand corner of the first page
    • The document should have an expiration date on the first (and last) pages. (not checking last page)
    • The document should have an intended status indication
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 01 Feb 2007 0:07:36 +0100)

1.124 (diff-1.124)

  • Fixed the regexps used to detect non-RFC3848 IPv6 addresses
  • Changed error exit numbers
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Jan 2007 21:47:00 +0100)

1.123 (diff-1.123)

  • Added checking for compyright notices embedded in the text, and checking if they conform by year and copyright holder to the other copyright notices.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 12 Dec 2006 20:49:38 +0100)

1.122 (diff-1.122)

  • Added support for references of format [REF1, REF2] and similar.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Dec 2006 22:32:21 +0100)

1.121 (diff-1.121)

  • Added a note about almost matching (but indented) section titles for required sections.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 07 Dec 2006 22:32:21 +0100)

1.120 (diff-1.120)

  • Added warnings for possible use of non-RFC3330 IPv4 addresses and non-RFC3848 IPv6 addresses in examples.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 01 Dec 2006 11:34:46 +0100)

1.119 (diff-1.119)

  • Started to warn about having ISOC copyright instead of IETF Trust Copyright
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 01 Dec 2006 11:34:46 +0100)

1.118 (diff-1.118)

  • Adjusted the error message for 2119 boilerplate reference to non-2119 document
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 20 Nov 2006 20:54:19 +0100)

1.117 (diff-1.117)

  • Increased the permitted number of spaces between section number and section name from 2 to 3.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 27 Oct 2006 10:49:57 +0200)

1.116 (diff-1.116)

  • Changed to only permitting top a level section to be identified as a References section
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 26 Oct 2006 22:52:59 +0200)

1.115 (diff-1.115)

  • Tweaked the warning output for some cases of reference look-alikes. ASN.1 code for instance may contain [0], [1] etc. which isn't references.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 Oct 2006 10:32:15 +0200)

1.114 (diff-1.114)

  • Restricted the FQDN tests to potential FQDNs with all-upper or all-lower case.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 14 Oct 2006 11:03:12 +0200)

1.113 (diff-1.113)

  • An errata has been submitted against 2119 which should have listed 'NOT RECOMMENDED' as a keyword. Changed idnits to accept a variation of 2119 boilerplate with this present after 'RECOMMENDED'.
  • Changed requirements on upload name for the online service; less restrictions on the characters in the name.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 13 Oct 2006 8:12:54 +0200)

1.112 (diff-1.112)

  • Letter case should not matter when checking if a fqdn uses .example domains. Fixed.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Oct 2006 11:49:18 +0200)

1.111 (diff-1.111)

  • Fixed bug in page length calculations. Thanks to Lars-Erik for pointing out the problem.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 29 Sep 2006 14:56:41 +0200)

1.110 (diff-1.110)

  • Fixed bug in reportin RFC 3978 Section 5.1 paragraph not on the first page.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 27 Sep 2006 16:29:06 +0200)

1.109 (diff-1.109)

  • Boilerplate update based on draft-ietf-ipr-ietf-trust-update.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Sep 2006 10:20:57 +0200)

1.109 (diff-1.109)

  • Boilerplate update based on draft-ietf-ipr-ietf-trust-update.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 19 Sep 2006 10:20:57 +0200)

1.108 (diff-1.108)

  • Changed the paragraph break at page break determination. Instead of taking a line starting at column zero as a new paragraph indication, only an outdent after the page break is taken as a new paragraph indication.
  • Now normalizing spacing of document text before cheking against boilerplate start patterns.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 29 Aug 2006 11:53:57 +0200)

1.107 (diff-1.107)

  • Changed the regexp for reference usage to permit a period (".") right before the "[" starting the reference.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 21 Aug 2006 16:28:57 +0200)

1.106 (diff-1.106)

  • Changed the regexps for introduction/overview/etc to not trigger on e.g. Document Title.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 18 Aug 2006 17:13:21 +0200)

1.105 (diff-1.105)

  • Added a listing of the 5 first lines which contain rfc2119 keywords when the 2119 keyword nit error is triggered. To get a comprehensive listing of all lines with 2119 keywords, use --verbose --verbose.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 31 Jul 2006 23:38:53 +0200)

1.104 (diff-1.104)

  • Changed the requirements for 2119 to permit a non-verbatim quote of the 2119 language where 'RFC 2119' is replaced by a reference to 2119.
  • Made the absence of both 2119 boilerplate and 2119 reference an error.
  • Adjusted the format of some of the verbose output.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 31 Jul 2006 12:25:51 +0200)

1.103 (diff-1.103)

  • Added a 1id-guidelines check for the 3978 IPR Disclosure statement being on the first page of the document.
  • Tweaked the reference [REF] matching regexp.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 23 Jun 2006 16:56:05 +0200)

1.102 (diff-1.102)

  • Refined regexp for 2119 boilerplate to require terminating point -- (".").
  • Added RFC2119 to used reference list when 2119 boilerplate is used.
  • Fixed a bug where a reference indication in 2119 boilerplate was not properly picked up and checked.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 06 Jun 2006 12:07:18 +0200)

1.101 (diff-1.101)

  • Added another regexp for page headers
  • Changed generation of Missing/Unused Reference warnings to be stable across different awk implementations
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 01 Jun 2006 12:36:53 +0200)

1.100 (diff-1.100)

  • Fixed a bug introduced in 1.98 - additional space in 2119 boilerplate.
  • Tuned line-breaking routine, fixing too early line breaking in many cases.
  • Changed default output width from 80 to 78.
  • Tweaked regexp used to identify references, so it may contain a space (as in for instance "[RFC 2119]")
  • Added code to emit missing/unused reference warnings in the order references are defined, and for undefined ones, in the order they occur in the document. Earlier, this was random, determined by the array index hashing.
  • Reformulated some error messages which used bad english.
  • Tweaked the regexp used to discover 2119 template usage.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 26 May 2006 21:31:46 +0200)

1.99 (diff-1.99)

  • Added an additional header pattern to the code which strips headers and footers from the document.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 26 May 2006 13:25:28 +0200)

1.98 (diff-1.98)

  • Now also taking notice of reference usage in appendices.
  • Some bugs when running with nawk fixed (gawk seems to have different namespaces for variables and functions, but nawk doesn't, and nawk doesn't accept empty alternatives in regexps - e.g., (|blah)). nawk also requires "]" to be escaped inside a character class.
  • Refined the identification of References section, as opposed to 'References' being listed in the table of content.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 23 May 2006 11:33:42 +0200)

1.97 (diff-1.97)

  • Added a check for the presence of paragrahps almost matching boilerplate paragraphs, when the correct boilerplate is also present. This is meant to catch and warn about additional copyright text, usage restrictions or other unusal additions to the regular boilerplate.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 18 May 2006 15:31:00 +0200)

1.96 (diff-1.96)

  • Refined regexp for references, permitting a reference to occur in a paranthesized part of a sentence).
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 May 2006 12:25:40 +0200)

1.95 (diff-1.95)

  • Refined the regexp used to identify references, permitting tab before and after a reference (but still warn about illegal character: tab).
  • Added a check for lenght of document name (max 50 characters, excluding the revision number).
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 May 2006 18:39:00 +0200)

1.94 (diff-1.94)

  • Added warnings for no document name given on the first page; for document name containing other characters than lowercase letters, digit, and dash; for document name not indicating revision number, and for document name not matching actual filename.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 03 May 2006 20:38:32 +0200)

1.93 (diff-1.93)

  • Refined the regexp used to identify references, and added a verbose mode message indicating unexpected reference formats.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 30 Apr 2006 15:10:34 +0200)

1.92 (diff-1.92)

  • Fixed a couple of bugs related to RFC 2119 warnings.
  • Refined the code which removes regexps from boilerplate text, and also refined boilerplate regexps.
  • Made it possible to use sectionerr() for warnings as well as error.
  • Added a warning regarding mismatched copyright years.
  • Removed the very verbose 2119 keyword listings
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 21 Apr 2006 21:47:43 +0200)

1.91 (diff-1.91)

  • Fixed a typo which caused the longest page length to be reported with a wrong value.
  • Added warning for undefined and unused references and fixed a bug in reference discovery which this brought to light.
  • Removed the requirement on RFC 2119 text terminating in a full stop, this wont be the case if "RFC 2119" is followed by a reference indication, as in "... RFC 2119 [1].".
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 11 Apr 2006 14:08:32 +0200)

1.90 (diff-1.90)

  • Separated copyright year parsing from copyright boilerplate parsing, for better nits messages, and reduced copyright year mismatch with current year to a warning. Thanks to Kurtis for pointing out the problem.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 25 Mar 2006 22:21:41 +0100)

1.89 (diff-1.89)

  • Fixed bugs in detection of 2119 language. Thanks to Carlos Pignataro who found this and also provided a clean patch :-)
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 22 Mar 2006 2:03:45 +0100)

1.88 (diff-1.88)

  • Minor tweaks to handling of 2119 language warnings.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 16 Mar 2006 23:20:57 +0100)

1.87 (diff-1.87)

  • Added a warning about FQDNs which do not follow RFC 2606 -- .example, example.org, etc.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 13 Mar 2006 2:04:38 +0100)

1.86 (diff-1.86)

  • Added a check for RFC 2119 language, with a warning if requirements language is used but RFC 2119 boilerplate is missing
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 12 Mar 2006 18:50:43 +0100)

1.85 (diff-1.85)

  • Added a switch (--year NNNN) to use a different year than the current year in copyright boilerplate.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 04 Jan 2006 15:28:59 +0100)

1.84 (diff-1.84)

  • New release of gawk (debian 1:3.1.5-1) has problems with /[200-376]/. Re-wrote the expression.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 Oct 2005 10:29:49 +0100)

1.83 (diff-1.83)

  • Error message formatting changes. Stricter error messages in some cases.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 Oct 2005 10:29:49 +0100)

1.82 (diff-1.82)

  • Added verbose output for the warnings about both old and new boilerplate.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 24 Oct 2005 10:29:49 +0100)

1.81 (diff-1.81)

  • Changed line count rules to permit 58 lines plus a <FF><EOL> pair per page.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 13 Oct 2005 22:56:56 +0100)

1.80 (diff-1.80)

  • Added a variation on Author's Address Section Name
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-09-26)

1.79 (diff-1.79)

  • The code to find and adapt to the particular indentation of a draft didn't work as intended. Rewritten with somewhat better results.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-09-24)

1.78 (diff-1.78)

  • Added checks for the occurence of both old and new boilerplate.
( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-09-09)

1.77 (diff-1.77)

  • In verbose mode, added indication of where in a paragraph boilerplate mismatch was found.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-08-21)

1.76 (diff-1.76)

  • Bugfix: Formfeeds occuring on the same line as the page numbers were not counted, which could result in erroneous warnings about missing page breaks for some documents.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-08-21)

1.75 (diff-1.75)

  • Added a "Draft ..." as an acceptable variation on page header.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-07-14)

1.74 (diff-1.74)

  • Better tests for max and min values of COLUMNS.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-06-21)

1.73 (diff-1.73)

  • Fixed various nits in the tool, after comments from Bruce Lilly:

  • Adapting to terminal width is now only done up to a maximum width of 76, and down to 16

  • Some grammar corrections

  • The column width setting, whether given by the --width switch, by setting COLUMNS in the environment, or by running in a narrow terminal window, now also applies to boilerplate text

  • The line folding algorithm has been enhanced to not give up as easily

  • All normal output is now folded to match the width setting - previously some output lines didn't. Debug output is not folded.

  • Added additional accepted variations on the names of normative and informative sections

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-06-16)

1.72 (diff-1.72)

  • Added a check for correct year in copyright boilerplate.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-05-17)

1.71 (diff-1.71)

  • Changed warnings for non-3978 boilerplate to errors

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-05-02)

1.70 (diff-1.70)

  • Changes to discover 3667 boilerplate also when preceded by "This document is an Internet-Draft and ..." (so that a warning about imminent expiration can be issued).

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-04-23)

1.69 (diff-1.69)

  • In function lookfor(): revert from "which" to "type -p"

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-04-09)

1.68 (diff-1.68)

1.67 (diff-1.67)

  • Added hyphenation warnings again, if it has been possible to extract a list of hyphenated words from the draft. Any fragment of a hyphenated word will be accepted on a line-ending, but not hyphenated line-breaks which have a line-ending fragment which doesn't occur in a hyphenated word somewhere else in the document.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-04-08)

1.66 (diff-1.66)

  • "Weird spacing" warnings could result from a long title in the header line, which is a mistake. Fixed. Also tweaked the code to find the awk executable in order to provide a default value for the case when 'which' is not available on the target system. Started some work on extracting a list of valid words from the document, for use in validation of hypenated line-breaks.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-04-08)

1.65 (diff-1.65)

  • Disabled hyphenation warnings also in verbose mode. One slight tweak to suit cygwin better.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-04-06)

1.64 (diff-1.64)

  • Para. 2 of the 3978 Section 5.4 boilerplate wasn't recognised when occuring in a separate paragraph. Fixed, thanks to Bruce Lilly.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-04-05)

1.63 (diff-1.63)

  • A warning has been added for drafts which use 3667 boilerplate instead of 3978 boilerplate (where those differ). The 3978 boilerplate is now also required to be verbatim, with none of the slight variations which was accepted earlier (e.g., "he" in stead of "he or she", or "the author" instead of "each author").

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-04-04)

1.62 (diff-1.62)

  • RFC 3978 has the copyright notice and the reference to BCP 78 in separate paragraphs. Fixed this. Also added "export LC_ALL=C" to guard against bugs due to untested locale settings.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-03-09)

1.61 (diff-1.61)

  • Changed references to 3667/3668 to 3978/3979

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-03-02)

1.60 (diff-1.60)

  • Disabled the hyphenation warnings. The new xml2rfc (v1.29rc3) does line-breaking on hyphens, which is good, but makes it necessary to find a more sophisticated algorithm in order not to produce too many spurious warnings.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2005-02-21)

1.59 (diff-1.59)

  • Added normalisation of draft indentation, to be less sensitive to oddly indented drafts.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-18)

1.58 (diff-1.58)

  • cygwin doesn't by default understand the 'which' command - replaced it with 'type -p'.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-18)

1.57 (diff-1.57)

  • Fixed a line folding bug and corrected the boilerplate output.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-11)

1.56 (diff-1.56)

  • Tweaked the boilerplate-matching regexps a bit, to cover more valid variants. (largely from a patch from Bruce Lilly)

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-10)

1.55 (diff-1.55)

  • Fixed a rather annoying bug introduced in 1.54, which resulted in the web-service printing the full environment and program code before getting around to printing the proper output...

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-10)

1.54 (diff-1.54)

  • Quite a bit of refactoring, and some new features.

  • If output is to a tty, line-wrapping of error and warning messages is now done based on the width (number of columns) of the controlling tty, as reported by stty size.

  • Indentation has been changed somewhat, and nits are now prefaced with an asterisk (*) while warnings are prefaced with a dash (-).

  • Fixed an error where some tests would not be run if multiple files were given as input, and the first would have an rfc file name.

  • Fixed several problems associated with using nawk instead of gawk as awk interpreter. Running under stock solaris, without gawk, should now work.

  • Added final full stop to a lot of sentences

  • Fixed grammar of messages, so single and plural instances of error and warnings get appropriate verb and noun conjugations.

  • Added a "--width <number>" switch, mostly in order to control regression testing. It overrides the detected terminal width.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-09)

1.53 (diff-1.53)

  • Permitted IANA Considerations to be placed as an appendix.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-05)

1.52 (diff-1.52)

  • Some minor message text changes. Added regression tests so that now the Makefile runs tests on darwin, linux and solaris for each new release. Cygwin tests will come when I have a windows box online. As a result, some issues were discovered for solaris:

  • The default awk is the original awk, so we need to search for gawk and nawk. The original awk unfortunately won't do.

  • Even with nawk, there are some issues - those have been fixed, so this version should run on at least solaris 8 and higher without any problems.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-12-02)

1.51 (diff-1.51)

  • Some restructuring and changes of output layout to better present checks against multiple requirements documents. Added 1id_guidelines.txt check for:

  • Additional required boilerplate

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-11-26)

1.50 (diff-1.50)

  • Started process of adding checks for all checkable nits - not only those from ID-Checklist.html, but also: rfc 2223 draft-rfc-editor-rfc2223bis-08 http://www.ietf.org/ietf/1id-guidelines.txt

    In this version, added the following:


  • max 58 lines per page, followed by form feed

    [ The section on formatting is not checked by this version, but is planned for a later version. as are these items:

    • "INTERNET-DRAFT" should appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page
    • Does not use any of the terms Standard, Proposed, Draft, Experimental, Historic, Required, Recommended, Elective, or Restricted in the title ]

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-11-22)

1.49 (diff-1.49)

  • Re-wrote the linebreaking regexp as a function to avoid awk complaints under OS X.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-11-15)

1.48 (diff-1.48)

  • Removed regexp metachars from the text shown as expected boilerplate in verbose mode. Improved the handling of whitespace when comparing draft text with boilerplate. Other minor tweaks.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-11-14)

1.47 (diff-1.47)

  • The checknits awk script has become too long for the command line of cygwin. Adding workaround by placing it in a temporary file.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-11-02)

1.46 (diff-1.46)

  • Added "Contact Information" as an alternative section name of the Authors' Addresses section

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-10-25)

1.45 (diff-1.45)

  • Added check for IANA considerations section.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-10-20)

1.44 (diff-1.44)

1.43 (diff-1.43)

  • Changed base assumption for boilerplate compliance to be that the draft is complying with 3667, rather than 2026.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-24)

1.42 (diff-1.42)

  • Fixed a bug introduced in v1.31, where some verbose output was never emitted. Removed reporting of 2026 deficiencies, unless the --rfc2026 option is given.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-24)

1.41 (diff-1.41)

  • Doing case-independent checks of section names.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-23)

1.40 (diff-1.40)

1.39 (diff-1.39)

  • Improved the page header/footer stripping to handle more cases of paragraphs split over page breaks, and a greater variety of whitespace in the page break. Tweaked the verbose output format slightly.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-18)

1.38 (diff-1.38)

  • Added a tiny tweak to the rfc3667_claim regexp, to make paragraph merging work for it. idnits now correctly validates the output of xml2rfc 1.25, which merges this claim with the 3667 section 5.1 IPR Disclosure Ack.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-18)

1.37 (diff-1.37)

  • Added more diagnostic information for the case where there is a boilerplate mismatch, but the start of the boilerplate matches: Now showing both the expected pattern and the found text. Tweaked the header/footer stripping regexps to handle more variations.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-17)

1.36 (diff-1.36)

  • Major overhaul of boilerplate matching mechanism. idnits is now attempting to match run-together paragraphs containing multiple individual boilerplate elements. This should make it correctly accept more documents. Most basic examples of run-together boilerplate should be handled with this release.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-12)

1.35 (diff-1.35)

  • Added some newlines for nicer verbose mode output.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-09-08)

1.34 (diff-1.34)

  • Not warning for capital 'O' in "Table Of Contents". Started restructuring needed to support detection of run-together boilerplate paragraphs. Added output of expected boilerplate pattern in --verbose mode when boilerplate mismatch found.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-07-28)

1.33 (diff-1.33)

  • Added new alternative boilerplate for rfc 3667 Section 5, para 1, and fixed a bug in detecting bad boilerplate for this paragraph.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-07-09)

1.32 (diff-1.32)

  • Disabled rfc2026 acceptance. Added "or will be disclosed, " to the initial 3667 IPR statement.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-07-02)

1.31 (diff-1.31)

  • Added check for run-together boilerplate paragraphs (first stage - not complete yet). Changed help text to reflect the new ID-checklist document which replaces ID-nits. Made the line numbers reported in verbose mode come out correct. Changed output format for verbose mode to be editor-friendly.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-05-29)

1.30 (diff-1.30)

  • Further changes to work correctly also on *BSD and Solaris.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-05-14)

1.29 (diff-1.29)

  • Changed the reporting of the filename and the invocation of Awk in order to work under {Open|Free}BSD

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-05-13)

1.28 (diff-1.28)

  • Added a check for number of lines to the missing ToC test, for drafts which don't have page breaks. Tweaked the Author's address detection.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-05-13)

1.27 (diff-1.27)

  • Some changes in wording of warnings regarding 2026 vs. 3667/3668 boilerplate

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-05-09)

1.26 (diff-1.26)

  • Not complaining about too long lines when the excess is only blank space.

  • Added --verbose switch

  • Reduced complaints about

    • too long lines
    • non-ascii characters
    • hyphenation
    • control characters
    • spacing

    to a single line when not --verbose used

  • Added a warning for claiming conformance with 2026 but using 3667/8 boilerplate

  • Lines with "........" before intro indicates Table of Contents

  • Now permitting "Security Consideration" (no 's')

  • Minor code tweaks

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-21)

1.25 (diff-1.25)

1.24 (diff-1.24)

  • The test for numbered reference to RFC 2026 having been added to the boilerplate was not quite right. Changed, and the diagnostic message updated. Fixed page counting which was broken by the v1.23 changes.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-15)

1.23 (diff-1.23)

  • Added stripping of header/footer lines, in order to be able to correctly recognize boilerplate which has been split across pages.

  • Improved regexps for boilerplate paragraphs.

  • Added notes when a boilerplate section doesn't match, but the start of it matches - could be just a boilerplate error then.

  • Did a little code refactoring.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-15)

1.22 (diff-1.22)

  • Another take on the 3667 vs. 2026 issue. This version observes whether there are 2026 compliant sections in the document, and if so notes this and verifies against 2026, otherwise it verifies against 3667. The --no3667 and --rfc3667 switches are no-op's in this version.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-08)

1.21 (diff-1.21)

  • Added tests for the notices required by RFC 2026. The handling of 3667 vs. 2026 notices is not necessarily perfect - feedback from users would be good... :-)

    Currently, by default idnits looks for 3667 compliance. If it doesn't find it, but finds equivalent 2026 paragraphs, it notes this when pointing out the 3667 non-compliance. Checking for 2026 compliance instead of 3667 compliance can be done by specifying --no3667.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-08)

1.20 (diff-1.20)

1.19 (diff-1.19)

  • Added tests for the notices required by RFC 3667 and 3668.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-07)

1.18 (diff-1.18)

  • Case independent matching of section names is now used when the --nowarn flag has been specified. This functionality requres the awk used to be 'gawk' - other implementations of awk will most likely still do case-dependent matching.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-07)

1.17 (diff-1.17)

  • tweaked the regexp for weird spacing a bit, to avoid trigging on lists with 'o' bullets. Changed the usage and help output somewhat.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-06)

1.16 (diff-1.16)

  • idnits is now a SHELL script which starts awk, rather than being an awk script directly. This change was done in order to permit giving option switches directly, without having to add "--" before the switches.

  • added --nowarn option. With this option, only nits according to the ID-nits page ar reported. Withouth it, some warnings about misspelling etc. are given.

  • Added test for unknown options

  • Also fixed a bug resulting in incorrect line numbers when processing multiple files .

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-06)

1.15 (diff-1.15)

  • Added a slew of new variations on the name of the Introduction section, and some other section name variations. All warnings now occurring when run on RFC 3600-3742 now seems to be correct and make sense. Also zeroed all counters on new filename - required for correct operation on multiple files...

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-06)

1.14 (diff-1.14)

  • Accepting another variant on 'Table of Contents' spelling. Added a warning for misspelling, though.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-06)

1.13 (diff-1.13)

  • Added diagnostic for another misspelling of Authors' Address(es)

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-04)

1.12 (diff-1.12)

  • Added another test for table of contents. Tweaked some diagnostics' wording.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-03)

1.11 (diff-1.11)

  • Added printing of program version as first output line.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-02)

1.10 (diff-1.10)

  • Now accepting more variations of the names of requried sections. Added missing newline after hyphenation warning. Refined test for split references.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-02)

1.09 (diff-1.09)

  • Some tests did not work with files having DOS line ending - fixed. Added more informative diagnostics for non-ascii characters and control characters.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-04-01)

1.08 (diff-1.08)

  • Refined the test for normative / informative references somewhat. Added the ability to sensibly handle the case of multiple files given on the command line. Added "No nits found" output when no nits were found.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-03-30)

1.07 (diff-1.07)

  • Handling some cases of misspelling. Some versions of gawk can't handle 000 in patterns, changed that to 001 on line 137. Only requireing the first Abstract / Status of Memo section to be un-numbered.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-03-18)

1.06 (diff-1.06)

  • Added test for normative/iformative reference section split (code contributed by Pekka Savola)

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-03-16)

1.05 (diff-1.05)

  • Fixed incorrectly quoted single aphostrophes which messed up the test for Author's addresses

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-03-15)

1.04 (diff-1.04)

1.03 (diff-1.03)

  • Added checks for line-break hyphenation, numbered Abstract /Status of Memo section, presence of required sections, some 3667 checks.

    ( Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> 2004-02-24)

1.02 (diff-1.02)

1.01 (diff-1.01)

1.00 (diff-1.00)

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