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

John R Levine johnl at taugh.com
Wed Mar 26 16:56:51 PDT 2014

>> 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.
> I didn't mean that the URL will rot. I meant that a stable URL is
> no guarantee that the content itself is stable. That would need
> a cryptographic signature across the content, I think.

"stable" is not necessarily a synonym for the bits never change, e.g. 
stuff that used to be a paywall might be released for free, without 
changing the DOI.

I've never found a DOI that lead to a dead page, but maybe I'm just lucky.

John Levine, johnl at taugh.com, Taughannock Networks, Trumansburg NY
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