[rfc-i] URL checking

Keith Moore moore at cs.utk.edu
Mon Oct 17 20:57:31 PDT 2005

>>Greetings again. During the editing process, does the RFC Editor 
>>check whether the URLs in references work? I just found a bad URL in 
>>a document that is in the queue. (I told the authors, of course, and 
>>they'll fix it in AUTH48.)
> If so, why would it matter? It's just as likely to break by the time it
> goes from the queue to final (i.e., URLs aren't persistent anyway - why
> bother checking at all?)

it's useful as a sanity check against typographical or transcription 
errors.  also, URIs are not all created equal.  if you take the time to 
understand why URIs aren't always persistent and make an effort to make 
your URIs persistent, you'll probably succeed to a reasonable degree.


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