[rfc-i] Referencing Internet Drafts

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Thu May 28 11:08:43 PDT 2015


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On 5/25/15 8:09 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
> <https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7322#section-4.8.6.4>:
> 
> 4.8.6.4.  Referencing Internet-Drafts
> 
> References to Internet-Drafts may only appear as informative 
> references.  Given that several revisions of an I-D may be produced
> in a short time frame, references must include the posting date
> (month and year), the full Internet-Draft file name (including the
> version number), and the phrase "Work in Progress".  Authors may
> reference multiple versions of an I-D.  If the referenced I-D was
> also later published as an RFC, then that RFC must also be listed.
> 
> [SYMBOLIC-TAG]  Last name, First initial., Ed. (if applicable) and 
> First initial. Last name, Ed. (if applicable), "I-D Title", Work
> in Progress, draft-string-NN, Month Year.
> 
> Example:
> 
> [RFC-STYLE] Flanagan, H. and S. Ginoza, "RFC Style Guide", Work in 
> Progress, draft-flanagan-style-01, June 2013.
> 
> Out of curiosity: why was the series name ("Internet Draft") 
> dropped here? Is this really an intentional change?


As far as I recollect, we didn't use "Internet Draft" in the
reference, so this isn't a change. From the previous style guide:

- From section 4.7f
<http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc-editor/instructions2authors.txt>

         Non-normative references to Internet-Drafts are allowed, but
         they must take the following restricted form: the author(s),
         the title, the phrase "Work in Progress", and the date; for
         example:

                  [doe13] Doe, J., "The Deployment of IPv6",
                          Work in Progress, May 2013.


- -Heather Flanagan
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