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  • I think you might look at how laws are dealt with in a digital world.

    I think they are specified with a fixed font/format/line width.

    While not citation based laws have had to deal with changes in the law and how to track them without the aid of electronic tools (diff/patch/svn/etc).

    Now, is this the best way to handle a pile of bits that can be rendered any possible way? Probably not but you can easily specify a font type, font size and page width with CSS. This should give a repeatable layout that you can then use to cite, line 247, word 15, etc.

    Simple almost always wins out and it is probably easier to implement, too.

    While it would be cool to require something like id's or something it would be a nightmare to write the spec and then deal with changes and such.

    • While this might be a way of dealing with it, it seems rather ham-handed. Having all the publishers to agree to this will be just as bad as updating and maintaining any other standard. If one goes out of line and decides to be different, it all goes out the window.