[rfc-i] I-D Action: draft-flanagan-nonascii-01.txt

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 13:29:39 PDT 2014

On 22/04/2014 05:45, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
> On 4/18/14, 6:02 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>> Hi,
>>>  Person names may appear in several places within an RFC. In all	
>>>  cases, valid Unicode is required. For names that include non-ASCII	
>>>  characters, an author-provided, ASCII-only identifier is required to	
>>>  assist in search and indexing of the document.
>> How about making a strong request that authors of multiple documents
>> use the same ASCII-only identifier consistently over time?
>> (Logically the same would apply to company names too.)
> Hi,
> In my ideal world (a very nice place, and it has ponies) we would use
> ORCID or something like it to uniquely identify authors across their
> various employers so that everything from handling errata to unambiguous
> author searchers would be better.  Unfortunately, my ideal world would
> involve quite a bit more in the way of IdM for the RFC Editor and/or the
> IETF, and that is just not practical.
> That said, this is something we touched on in the revised Style Guide:
> "Some variation, such as additional initials or capitalization of family
> name, is acceptable but the author should be consistent once they've
> selected a name format."

For me, that's perfect. It's actually in the author's interests to
be consistent, unless they have a good reason not to be, so "should"
is appropriate.

   Brian Carpenter

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