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Finalizing the IETF tools transition

  • Robert SparksIETF Tools Project Manager

17 Jun 2022

The final stage of transitioning services from tools.ietf.org will take place over the next few weeks. New services are in place, and some older services will disappear. Several measures are planned to ensure these final steps proceed smoothly.

The process of moving services and features hosted at tools.ietf.org has been ongoing for several years. Many features had already moved when the transition of the remaining essential features was announced in early 2021, and a large effort identifying and transitioning the remaining features has been underway since. This has entailed adding capabilities to the IETF Datatracker and creating new sites such as authors.ietf.org and author-tools.ietf.org. These sites have been restructured to simplify finding and using the services and are now activity focused (e.g., authoring is a single site). The tools transition plan, available via the IETF Tools Team Github presence, provides details for each of the services that have moved or are moving, and identifies services that are not being transitioned.

While we have been working to make this transition as easy for everyone as we can, there are certain to be rough spots.  We apologize in advance for these, and will address them as quickly as we can as they are reported. Almost all of the services have links at the bottom of their pages for reporting issues, and feature requests have been entered for those that don’t have those links yet. If there’s no obvious place to raise a concern with a service, send email to support@ietf.org. Discussion about the transition is welcome at tools-discuss@ietf.org. Please also feel free to interact with me directly at rjsparks@nostrum.com, or find me on the IETF Zulip service.

These final steps will be large. All the pages at tools.ietf.org and xml2rfc.tools.ietf.org will be redirected to the new services — the older services will no longer be reachable.

I would like to thank Henrik Levkowetz once more for his decades of work and contributions to the IETF community. In addition to creating tools.ietf.org, he was a principal architect and contributor for Datatracker and xml2rfc. He has been extremely helpful throughout this transition.


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