[rfc-i] Proposal for v3 to simplify most references

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Mon Feb 10 08:50:08 PST 2014

On 2/8/14 9:20 PM, John Levine wrote:
>> Are there any objections to this addition to the v3 vocabulary?
> If we plan for the XML to be the definitive version of documents, I
> would not be thrilled about this:
>   <reference anchor="IPRNEW" bcp="79"/>  # Will expand to RFC 3979 and RFC 4879
> If that's in some RFC published today, and in a couple of years, we
> publish RFC 10979 that updates the IPR rules and becomes the new BCP79,
> what will people get when they render the XML?
> This isn't an insoluble problem, but if the XML is definititive, even
> the current situation implicitly depends on the entries in the
> citation libraries never changing. 

One of the things I expect is that the final XML will be fairly
self-contained.  In this case, that would mean that the final, canonical
XML file would contain the references pulled from the citation library
at the time of publication.


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