The IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), on behalf of the IETF, announces this Request for Proposals to develop the XML2RFC Tool.
The successful bidder will enter into a contract with the Internet Society.
The xml2rfc tool is used by authors to compose Internet-Drafts, and by the RFC Production Center to produce RFCs. This development effort is intended
to produce an xml2rfc tool that uses the same input format with a few enhancements, is easy to install on a personal machine, and is easier to maintain
and enhance in the future.
Bidders may elect to submit one or two bids to reflect the development approach they follow, that is, whether to develop a single program that handles the
xml2rfc input format and does all of the processing, and/or develop software that handles the xml2rfc input format and then calls upon other existing programs
as needed to complete the overall task (such as nroff or gruff).
The python language is preferred for software development. Proposals that use other languages will be accepted, but the proposal must explain why a language other
than python is desirable for the tasks proposed.
The xml2rfc tool created under this effort shall generate output comparable to the current version xml2rfc.tcl with the current version of the DTD, fixes to the
various issues that have been filed in and resolved in the bug tracker, and the enhancements specified below. To the greatest extent practical, the xml2rfc tools needs
to accommodate changes by the community to the DTD; several potential improvements are under discussion.
During development, the winning bidder may come up with ideas to further improve the usability or maintainability of the xml2rfc tools.
The Statement of Work includes three sections. The first section discusses xml2rfc processing. The second section describes required enhancements to the current
xml2rfc tool. The third section describes the preferred nroff output, which is a bit different than the nroff output produced by the current xml2rfc tool.
The RFP can be found at: http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfpsrfis.html
Proposals must be received via email at email@example.com no later than February 28, 2011 5:00 P.M. EST. All questions/inquiries must be submitted in writing and
must be received no later than midnight, EST, February 18, 2011. Responses to questions and inquiries shall be posted online at: http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfpsrfis.html
by midnight, EST, February 22, 1011.
The point of contact regarding this RFP is the IETF Administrative Director, Ray Pelletier.