[rfc-i] Referencing IANA registries

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Sat Dec 17 00:34:09 PST 2016


Most of the time we probably should be citing the RFC that created the registry, rather than the registry itself.

> On Dec 17, 2016, at 12:18 AM, Carsten Bormann <cabo at tzi.org> wrote:
> 
>> On 17 Dec 2016, at 01:37, Joe Touch <touch at isi.edu> wrote:
>> 
>> I don't think there's any useful convention for the citation label.
> 
> If we want to automate this from an authoring tool, I’d probably use the label
> 
> [IANA.SERVICE-NAMES-PORT-NUMBERS]
> 
> then lower-case the part after IANA, fetch
> 
> http://www.iana.org/assignments/service-names-port-numbers/service-names-port-numbers.xml
> 
> and then build the References entry from '/registry/title/text()’ and that URI after removing the last path component.
> 
> Would that be a useful addition to an authoring tool?

I don't understand what you're building.  I thought the reference was to the table, not an entry. 

> 
> (I’m not sure what to make of the fact that this particular registry appears to have an alias; I’d rather use the official names.)

It's one of the few with a searchable index.

Joe



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