[rfc-i] "canonical" URI for RFCs, BCPs

John R Levine johnl at taugh.com
Mon Feb 1 08:47:32 PST 2010

> Librarians try to ensure that such indirections are temporary, until the
> card catalog is updated. I've never been to a library where such
> indirection was a persistent part of the indexing.

We must visit different libraries.  There are plenty of them in the stacks 
at Yale and Cornell.

>> I think we all agree that the canonical URL needs to let people find
>> "the RFC", but it seems a bit overspecified to me to insist that it be
>> a direct link to a TXT file.
> It should be a link to the item being referenced, not a link "about"
> that file.

Yes, that is the unproductive metaphysical argument.

> For the exceptions above, that should return the PS. For all
> others, it should return the TXT.

Honestly, that strikes me as being the absolute worst of all possible 
worlds.  You have a URL that might return a text file, might return a 
Postcript file, and in the future might return something else.  How is 
that useful to anyone?

John Levine, johnl at taugh.com, Taughannock Networks, Trumansburg NY
"I dropped the toothpaste", said Tom, crestfallenly.

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