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Re: use case: page based scholarly reference?

From: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:15:45 +0200
Message-ID: <55784691.3030104@w3.org>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, Tzviya Siegman <tsiegman@wiley.com>, Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>, Bill Kasdorf <bkasdorf@apexcovantage.com>
CC: W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
On 10/06/2015 14:02 , Ivan Herman wrote:
> I am not sure what this translates into in a requirement for the
> identification part, namely that 'reasonable' units within the
> publication should have an easily identifiable URL, or URL structure
> (note that the examples above actually define ranges and not only one
> page). This may be a page but that is a fluid notion in this case,
> that may not be appropriate for scholarly purposes. But I am a bit
> uncertain how to formulate it before putting it into the use case
> directory…

One question I have reading this is about usability. Imagining some form 
of resilient linking is used (the example below is from Emphasis 2 [0] 
but others tend to be the same), if I wanted to anchor a link to a 
paragraph I'd end up with something that looked like:

   D. Ahut, et al., “Sustainable Critical Avalanches of Alpine Fauna,” 
Cryptozoology, vol. 42, #p[MMTMMT],h[BcdTcg,1], Mar. 1977

The "#p[MMTMMT],h[BcdTcg,1]" bit can replace pages (you can also do 
ranges with it) and so long as you're in a digital context in which it 
is presumably clickable it's fine; but when it shows up in print as it 
invariably will, well, I'd hate to have to type that back in.

Is this something that should be a consideration, or should references 
from print to digital be largely considered hopeless anyway (since in 
practice you just search for the paper's title)?

[0] http://open.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/emphasis-update-and-source/

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
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