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

Paul Kyzivat pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu
Mon Apr 28 08:44:16 PDT 2014


On 4/28/14 9:54 AM, Russ Housley wrote:
> I think it is an interesting idea to use a URN for RFC authors, but I do not think that the URN should be urn:ietf:author...  There are many RFCs that are not part of the IETF Stream.

It could allow *any* URN (or *any* URI), with the ietf issuing URNs to 
any potential author who wants one.

	Thanks,
	Paul

> Russ
>
>
> On Apr 28, 2014, at 2:56 AM, Larry Masinter wrote:
>
>> There are a number of unofficial lists of RFC authors.
>> The RFC Editor could maintain an "official" list of RFC authors (in addition to the current RFC Index):
>>
>> Ascii short name, Unicode full name, RFC numbers (using the same Ascii short name), aliases (other ascii short names used)
>>     (dated) URLs
>>
>> ASCII short names should be initial.lastname for western names, e.g., L.Masinter;  others should choose as makes professional sense and subject to editorial review.
>>
>> Ask authors of new RFCs to indicate (in an RFC editor note) if they're using a different ASCII short name than was used for other RFCs.
>> (and to please indicate the most recent previous RFC and the ASCII name used in it. Please avoid if you can, give reason if you use a new name.
>> I'm reluctant to  put this in XML markup.
>>
>> Ask authors to not choose the same ASCII name as another person, even in the rare case they have the exact same name (E.g., use a middle initial,  add a year of first RFC to the ASCII name)
>>
>> This might appear in the style guide, adds a little overhead, can be fixed after-the-fact if need be.
>>
>> If you really want an identifier, update RFC2648 to add:
>>
>> urn:ietf:author:<ascii name>
>>
>> While it might be possible to do something similar for affiliation/organization, the maintenance problems are deeper. Perhaps there may be an existential question about whether I'm the same person I was this morning,  but generally we handle personal identity. However, it's a little harder to judge whether an organization is the same after a split or merger or spin-off.
>>
>> Larry
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