[rfc-i] RFC citations committee I-D issued
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Fri Feb 11 08:14:03 PST 2011
Earlier, Ted Hardie wrote:
> Note that URNs are available for this, so that you can have long term
> identifier without reference to who hosts it. See RFC 2648, which
> draft-nss = "id:" string
> The example the draft gives is:
> Note that this cites a specific version.
Sadly, no web browser that I use can locate an ID from
a URN alone. Apparently that is a common circumstance
I wish URNs were more widely useful in widely deployed tools,
but sadly today they aren't. I don't object to someone
including a URN in a citation. I also don't think that today
(or in the near future) a URN in a citation helps a reader
of the citation locate a copy of the cited document.
ABOUT URLs FOR IDs:
Back to the root issue, whether to include a URL for I-Ds
or not, the committee did discuss this. The challenge in
always including them appeared to be the perception that URLs
pointing to tools.ietf.org are not "stable enough"  combined
with the observation that I-D URLs offered at www.ietf.org
really do break after 6 months.
If either the IETF declared tools.ietf.org to be a "production"
"reliable" web server OR the IETF offered "permanent/long-lived"
URLs for both current and historical IDs, then one imagines that
particular committee recommendation might have been different.
 I consider tools.ietf.org to be well maintained and highly
available, for my own part.
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