[rfc-i] RFC citations committee I-D issued

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Fri Feb 11 08:18:18 PST 2011


On 11.02.2011 17:14, RJ Atkinson wrote:
> 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
>> has
>>
>> draft-nss = "id:" string
>>
>> The example the draft gives is:
>>
>> urn:ietf:id:ietf-urn-ietf-06
>>
>> Note that this cites a specific version.
>
> ABOUT URNs:
>
> Sadly, no web browser that I use can locate an ID from
> a URN alone.  Apparently that is a common circumstance
> at present.

That would make the URN a URL, btw :-).

> 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.

Only if the URN is part of the text itself, so that search engines can 
actually index them.

> ...
> [1] I consider tools.ietf.org to be well maintained and highly
>      available, for my own part.
> ...

+1 (thanks, Henrik!)

BR, Julian


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