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Re: datasheets as URIs


----- Original Message -----

> From: Lorenzo Marcantonio <l.marcantonio@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: Kicad Developers <kicad-developers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: 
> Sent: Friday, August 9, 2013 3:28 AM
> Subject: Re: [Kicad-developers] datasheets as URIs
> On Thu, Aug 08, 2013 at 11:21:02AM -0500, Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
>>  I've found it easier to correspond with board stuffers if I use http:// 
> links to
>>  datasheets rather than putting them on my disk.  Plus this way the 
> schematic parts which
>>  link to them in the DATASHEET property/field are suddenly more general and 
> cross project
>>  capable.
> Good idea. Too bad manufacturers move them and/or make them available in
> strange ways... IIRC Microchip links go dead whenever a doc get updated,
> for example (at least they don't leave stale documentation around...)

I think it's an excellent feature; the links are likely to be good since this is obviously checked and sent just before production. Of course I will still keep my own copies due to the issues you mention, plus in long term support I have found that manufacturers happily delete documentation forever when they obsolete a product - it's a much bigger job to design a replacement component/board when some of the chips no longer have documentation.

- Cirilo

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