[rfc-i] date-less citations

Carsten Bormann cabo at tzi.org
Mon May 15 08:22:06 PDT 2017


(Actually, references to open source projects and other moving targets is one interesting issue that we are having. So I'm not sure that sentence, which probably was a desirable rule a decade or two ago, should stay true...)

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> On 15. May 2017, at 01:08, Paul Kyzivat <paul.kyzivat at comcast.net> wrote:
> 
> On 5/14/17 5:40 PM, Carsten Bormann wrote:
>>> is there an agreement about how to reference things that have no publiccation date (for whatever reason)?
>> 
>> There are two main reasons:
>> 
>> — the date is not given on the document (because the author didn’t think this was an archival document, forgot to date, …).
>> - there was no publication date in that sense (e.g., for a web page that is continually being updated)
>> 
>> For the first, I like to have some indication of “no date” (and we can discuss whether “n.d.” is Latin enough here :-).
>> For the second case, the date-less reference may make most sense:
> 
> The second case is problematic. In that case the reference isn't stable. IMO it shouldn't be treated as a *reference* at all. (It *definitely* shouldn't be a normative reference.)
> 
>    Thanks,
>    Paul
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