[uf-discuss] citation: another example of practice in the wild

Michael McCracken michael.mccracken at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 13:50:08 PDT 2006

On 8/17/06, David Osolkowski <qidydl at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/16/06, Michael McCracken <michael.mccracken at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Yes, I missed that, it does. I think we'd have to use it as a child
> > element on the link:
> > <a href="link-to-fulltext" class="identifier"><abbr class="format"
> > title="application/pdf">PDF</abbr> full text link</a>
> I think it would be better to mark that up as <a
> href="link-to-fulltext" class="identifier" type="application/pdf">full
> text link</a>.  No sense reinventing things that already exist in

Ah, OK - I'd either forgotten or never knew about the type attribute
for anchors - whichever makes me look dumber.

That seems unambiguous, but not complete. In a parser, I could look
for links with the PDF type and assume they're the full text link, but
what if it's postscript, or an image?

It happens often that for a given reference, I have two links - the
link to a page where it can be found (example: a doi.org URL), and a
link to a page where the full text can be downloaded, which may be
behind a subscription wall.

So, if the free canonical URL for a paper (the DOI) is HTML, and the
paper itself is HTML, which link should my software automatically
download for you to read? That's the problem I'm concerned with here.


Michael McCracken
UCSD CSE PhD Candidate
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