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

Jeffrey Yasskin <jyasskin@google.com> Wed, 10 March 2021 20:02 UTC

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Subject: [Tools-discuss] Links from HTML I-Ds to datatracker/latest versions
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I've noticed that the native-HTML version of internet drafts, like
https://www.ietf.org/archive/id/draft-yasskin-wpack-bundled-exchanges-03.html

1) Don't link back to the datatracker's description of the draft:
https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-yasskin-wpack-bundled-exchanges/
2) Don't link to any later versions of the draft:
https://www.ietf.org/archive/id/draft-yasskin-wpack-bundled-exchanges-04.html
3) Don't have an easy way to find a version-independent URL, like the
htmlized version provides at
https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/html/draft-yasskin-wpack-bundled-exchanges.

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.

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?

Jeffrey