[rfc-i] URL checking
paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Thu Oct 20 10:31:43 PDT 2005
At 10:16 PM -0700 10/19/05, Bob Braden wrote:
>I apologize forf not responding earlier. The answer is definitely maybe. ;)
Good. That sounds more hopeful than Joe's response.
>Seriously, checking URLs is part of our normal procedure, and
>sometimes we heve
>to go back to authors about a bad URL.
Good to hear that! I'm glad you don't find it has prohibitive as Joe does.
>I was not clear from your message
>whether we had completed prrocessing on the particular document with
>a bad URL, but there is always a possibility that we missed one.
Nope: it's still in your queue. I was using it to find the right URL
for a response to a mailing list when I discovered that it was wrong
(a minor copy-paste-o that dropped the last character). The authors
have promised to fix it in AUTH48.
>More generally, we try our best to avoid URLs that do not look like they
>have a reasonable chance of being stable over a reasonable time
Yep, this is a good policy. FWIW, the URL that sparked this
discussion is a W3C URL, one that the RFC Editor has already allowed
in the normative references of other standards-track RFCs.
At 5:29 PM -0700 10/19/05, Joe Touch wrote:
>Paul Hoffman wrote:
> > Meaning, about one additional minute per RFC. Maybe this would not be
> > prohibitive (or even measurable)
>One minute to check that a page comes up.
Boy, ISI should have a better internet connection than a 28Kbaud modem. :-)
>More than one to check that it is a sensible page.
Fully disagree. In the references section, a typical URL in a
reference has a title and maybe an author, and the URL itself.
Finding those items on the first screen of the web page should not
take more than a minute, if that.
>Don't even count the minutes to see if each citation matches the
I don't. It doesn't matter. I highly doubt the RFC Editor currently
checks that for citations to RFCs in the body of RFCs-to-be.
Fortunately, from what Bob says above, your negative view of the
possibility of this is moot.
--Paul Hoffman, Director
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