Re: [Tools-discuss] Links from HTML I-Ds to datatracker/latest versions

Brian E Carpenter <> Wed, 10 March 2021 22:15 UTC

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Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 11:15:06 +1300
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Subject: Re: [Tools-discuss] Links from HTML I-Ds to datatracker/latest versions
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On 11-Mar-21 09:02, Jeffrey Yasskin wrote:
> I've noticed that the native-HTML version of internet drafts, like
> 1) Don't link back to the datatracker's description of the draft:
> 2) Don't link to any later versions of the draft:
> 3) Don't have an easy way to find a version-independent URL, like the htmlized version provides at
> This makes it dangerous to link to native-HTML versions of I-Ds because readers don't have any way to realize that they're reading an old version.

Really? When I tried with your draft -03, the links to updated drafts gave 404 errors.
> I haven't dug into which tools would need to change to provide such links. Probably both xml2rfc and the datatracker itself? Are there issues with the /archive/ path segment that might imply these files can never change to incorporate the fact that the latest available version does change?

afaik, if your xml (v3) looks like this:

<xi:include href=""/>

the html rendering will point to the current version at the time the xml file is converted, but via the tools server. The top bar there gives you the versions up to date. There's also a link to the tracker.

(That will have to be changed of course when goes away.)

Looking at your -04 draft, that's exactly how it is, so whatever caused the wrong links in the -03 draft seems to have been fixed already.

   Brian Carpenter