[rfc-i] request to deprecate numeric citations in xml2rfc

Joe Touch touch at ISI.EDU
Tue Jan 11 22:11:16 PST 2005



Aaron Falk wrote:
> The RFC Editor would like to request that the use of numeric citations
> be deprecated in xml2rfc.

I'd like to support this in the Word template as well. It would be 
useful, IMO, in both places to have some suggested formats for such 
references. The IEEE version is:

	To85	(Touch 1985)
	ToEg92	(Touch Eggert 1992)

I.e., use the first two letters of the first author's last name, adding 
up to one additional author, and the last two digits of publication 
year. Collisions are resolved by lower-case alphabet:
	To85a
	To85b

(all have a suffix if any do).

There are other versions that work:
	Touch85
	Touch1985
	Touch-85
etc. It doesn't matter which one, but it'd be useful to at least suggest 
  something (even if it isn't desirable to enforce).

Also, IMO it'd be useful to cite RFCs uniformly as:

	RFCNNNN
or	RFC-NNNN

(always using 4 digits? or using 3?)

Thoughts? Preferences?

Joe
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