[rfc-i] Author line oddity in citations

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Tue Jun 27 05:41:10 PDT 2017


On 6/25/17 1:26 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> Loa,
> 
> I do wonder myself why we use this style instead of the simpler style
> used by IEEE and ACM, but this goes back a long way (RFC793 for example)
> so it would be a bit strange to change it now.

Also, changing it has implications for a number of tools. I'm not sure
the effort is worth it in this case (but am happy to hear other opinions).

> 
> As for CMOS, I think it must depend on the edition. Some sources
> suggest "Deans, Graeme K., Fritz Kroeger and Stefan Zeisel"
> rather than "Deans, Graeme K., Kroeger, Fritz and Stefan Zeisel".
> 
> Also see http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html

What Brian said.

-Heather

> 
> Regards
>    Brian
> 
> On 25/06/2017 20:56, Loa Andersson wrote:
>> Heather,
>>
>> inline please.
>>
>> On 2017-06-23 01:20, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
>>> On 6/22/17 12:53 AM, Eggert, Lars wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> I just noticed that the author line in citations has an oddity, in the sense that the name format is "Lastname, I." for all but the last author, where it is "I. Lastname."
>>>>
>>>> [RFC5681]  Allman, M., Paxson, V., and E. Blanton, "TCP Congestion
>>>>            Control", RFC 5681, DOI 10.17487/RFC5681, September 2009,
>>>>            <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5681>.
>>>>
>>>> Is this on purpose, e.g., following some common citation style? Just feels odd.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Yes, on purpose. Basically follows CMOS.
>>
>> I've looked at CMOS, and can't find the style you are referring too, can 
>> you send me a link?
>>
>> /Loa
>>>
>>> -Heather
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