[rfc-i] Author line oddity in citations

Loa Andersson loa at pi.nu
Wed Jun 28 01:09:06 PDT 2017


Heather and Brian,

On 2017-06-27 14:41, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
> 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).

While I think the format:
"Deans, Graeme K., F. Kroeger and S. Zeisel"
would be fine for RFCs, I was more interested to know why we use the
format we use.

/Loa

>
>>
>> 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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