[rfc-i] RFC citations committee I-D issued
touch at isi.edu
Fri Feb 11 11:35:12 PST 2011
On 2/11/2011 11:16 AM, Scott O. Bradner wrote:
> There is a basic question that I've not seen asked in this discussion:
> what is the reason that someone wants to cite an ID in an RFC?
FWIW, that is the basis of many of my comments.
I would claim that most citations are one or both of:
b) supplemental content
IDs ought to be limited to (a) only, in the same spirit as e-mail
citations. The citing doc should include a sufficient summary - either
inline, or in an appendix - to stand alone in the absence of obtaining
You raise a different issue:
1) citing a document instance
2) citing a document group
I.e., citing a single draft, or citing the chain of versions for which
any version is likely sufficient. I would claim that this doesn't make
sense, because you can't know that a future version might not omit the
important info you want to cite (even for attribution).
IMO you can't cite a group to indicate the "most recent" version; that
is nonsensical as a reference. References should be persistent and specific.
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