[rfc-i] ISBN and DOI

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Tue May 29 10:05:14 PDT 2012



On 5/29/2012 7:30 AM, John R Levine wrote:
>> Everyone who has been in this business for more than 5 minutes knows
>> what an RFC is and they're freely available online ...
>
> That's not who DOIs are for. They're for the other 99% of the world who
> has no idea who the IETF is, but come across a reference to an RFC in a
> document from some other industry.

DOIs don't solve that. 99.99% of the world has no idea what DOIs are anyway.

Search engines work fine. Sure, they sometimes point to for-fee versions 
of our docs, but there's little we can do if someone has multiple links 
and picks the wrong one.

Joe


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