Your message dated Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:44:51 -0700 with message-id <87o9rlx51o....@iris.silentflame.com> and subject line Closing inactive Policy bugs has caused the Debian Bug report #525843, regarding support for encoding long descriptions using a "standard" text-based markup language to be marked as done.
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--- Begin Message ---Package: debian-policy Version: 188.8.131.52 Severity: wishlist [ submitting bug report as requested at http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy/2009/04/msg00155.html ] Andreas Tille, has recently (re-)raised the issue of consistent formatting of lists in long descriptions [1,2].  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/03/msg01165.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/04/msg00757.html >From the discussion, it emerged that there is rough consensus (or at least it seems so to some of the participants, including myself and Manoj) about using a "standard" text-based markup language to interpret package long descriptions. Technically, the 2 mentioned solutions have been Markdown  and ReStructured Text . With both of them, the idea is that *current* long descriptions are already processable as if they were in that format, with very few exceptions.  http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/  http://docutils.sourceforge.net/rst.html Implementations have been proposed already, in the form of tools that process packages long descriptions and output their corresponding rendered HTML format. In particular, 2 implementations have been presented for Markdown already: one by Andreas  and one by me .  http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy/2009/04/msg00146.html  http://git.debian.org/?p=pkg-python-debian/python-debian.git;a=blob_plain;f=examples/deb822/render-dctrl;hb=HEAD Additionally, a weekly-generated archive of all long descriptions rendered with Markdown is now available at: http://upsilon.cc/~zack/stuff/longdesc-mdwn/ . It is based on  above. Cheers. -- System Information: Debian Release: squeeze/sid APT prefers unstable APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (1, 'experimental') Architecture: amd64 (x86_64) Kernel: Linux 2.6.29-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores) Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash debian-policy depends on no packages. debian-policy recommends no packages. Versions of packages debian-policy suggests: ii doc-base 0.9.1 utilities to manage online documen -- no debconf information
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--- Begin Message ---control: user debian-pol...@packages.debian.org control: usertag -1 +obsolete control: tag -1 +wontfix Russ Allbery and I did a round of in-person bug triage at DebConf17 and we are closing this bug as inactive. The reasons for closing fall into the following categories, from most frequent to least frequent: - issue is appropriate for Policy, there is a consensus on how to fix the problem, but preparing the patch is very time-consuming and no-one has volunteered to do it, and we do not judge the issue to be important enough to keep an open bug around; - issue is appropriate for Policy but there does not yet exist a consensus on what should change, and no recent discussion. A fresh discussion might allow us to reach consensus, and the messages in the old bug are unlikely to help very much; or - issue is not appropriate for Policy. If you feel this bug is still relevant and want to restart the discussion, you can re-open the bug. However, please consider instead opening a new bug with a message that summarises and condenses the previous discussion, updates the report for the current state of Debian, and makes clear exactly what you think should change. A lot of these old bugs have long side tangents and numerous messages, and that old discussion is not necessarily helpful for figuring out what Debian Policy should say today. -- Sean Whitton
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