[rfc-i] URIs in references, was: Call for Review of draft-iab-styleguide-01.txt, "RFC Style Guide"

John Levine johnl at taugh.com
Wed Mar 26 16:26:23 PDT 2014


>>> 2) Maybe it should also be stated that "tinyurl" and its equivalents
>>> are not allowed, i.e. URIs must point directly to the target. However,
>>> I suppose DOIs are allowed.
>>> ...
>> 
>> What about PURLs?
>
>I have no opinion about that; I had to Google PURL...
>
>But it does look as if this area needs more comprehensive language than
>the current draft has. As far as I can see, devices such as DOIs, PURLs
>and tinyurls do nothing to ensure that the target content is stable,
>which is what really matters for a reference.

Dunno about PURLs, but for DOIs you're mistaken.  Each DOI has a
corresponding URL at http://dx.doi.org/<doi> and the whole reason you
pay for DOIs is to support the infrastructure that makes those URLs
work reliably.

They've been stable for a decade, which in web years is approximately
forever.



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