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Re: References Re: What are the requirements/problems? Re: Working on New Styles for W3C Specifications

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:07:19 -0500
Message-ID: <4ED7DE77.304@arcanedomain.com>
To: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>
CC: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, "chairs@w3.org" <chairs@w3.org>, "spec-prod@w3.org" <spec-prod@w3.org>
On Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:19:27 +0100, Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com> wrote:

 > 4. Do we really still need a bibliography when we use hypertext and in 
the age of living standards?
 > [...]
 > Can't we just do away with bibliographies and just cross link to
 > specifications.

On 12/1/2011 1:44 PM, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> Not in a printed version,

Another reason: whether we like it or not, links sometimes go 404, and 
there certainly is a risk that if links are to undated versions, fragids 
that once resolved may later fail to. Having a proper biblio entry this 
provides redundancy and better conveys the intention of the link. If I see 
a biblio entry, and the link fails (happens especially with IETF drafts 
that tend to go missing when versioned), then I know what to go looking for.

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