[rfc-i] Author names in RFC references
paul.hoffman at vpnc.org
Mon Mar 24 10:38:53 PDT 2014
On Mar 24, 2014, at 8:41 AM, Dave Crocker <dhc at dcrocker.net> wrote:
> On 3/24/2014 8:38 AM, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>> whereas RFCs use
>>> Mouse, M., Duck, D., and Donald Duck, "A cartoon", ...
>>> There isn't really any logic to it AFAICS... we just have to live with it.
> 1. It makes the list shorter
It's 2014. We don't need to be saving bytes on the wire in our RFCs.
> 2. What actual problems are caused by the current scheme?
- It doesn't work well for authors whose names don't have clear initials, particularly those in Asian countries who prefer to put their family name first
- It makes reading our references more difficult for people who don't understand the format
- It is error-prone in a format that is supposed to be canonical
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