[rfc-i] Citing drafts

Robert Sparks rjsparks at nostrum.com
Mon Feb 22 11:10:44 PST 2021

On 2/22/21 2:15 AM, Carsten Bormann wrote:
> On 22. Feb 2021, at 08:35, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke at gmx.de> wrote:
>> Note that the recommendations are inconsistent, and that the first one
>> (from the web site) adds a link to tools.ietf.org.
> … which has served us well as a landing page for a draft.
> People like that page a lot because it has the relevant metadata and links as well as the content of the draft.
> (The equivalent data tracker page has more, but less useful and less usefully presented metadata, and it only has the first two pages of the draft, because it was *not* designed to serve as the landing page.)

Minor, but important note - it only shows the first two pages by default 
for concern (at the time it was made) about bandwidth for consumers - 
the site does allow you to control getting the whole draft on that page 
by cookie. I realize that's not useful (or is a negative) for making it 
the URL you might cite. But perhaps we should revisit at least the first 
part of the document cookie and either always serve the whole document 
there, or flip the default to always serve.

That said, the page you are looking for is probably going to be


I am in the middle of significantly changing that to have the same 
information in the header as the draft pages at tools, remove the normal 
datatracker nav menu and tabs, and to follow the same general formatting 
style in what's at tools.

> We used to use the tools.ietf.org page as a landing page for citing RFCs as well (or the equivalent in https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7049.html).
> We now have https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8949, which is a landing page, but less useful as it doesn’t have the content.
> (And it still has a link to one PDF software vendor :eyeroll:.)
> https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc8949 uses metadata.js to turn the original HTML into a basic, but useful landing page as well.

> Grüße, Carsten
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