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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The non-digital world has the same problem. The concept of folios, pages, lines, and so on are tied to the particular presentation. Change the form, such as from hardcover to paperback, and the numbers change. That's why citations contain so much information: you have to exactly specify not only the information but the presentation.

    ISBNs don't even solve this problem because different printings of the same material in the same form can be slightly different.

    • Indeed. I think this becomes more pronounced in a digital arena. It becomes even more difficult to pin down what kind of abstraction of the material would facilitate citation.