Re: [urn] CTS and CITE2 URNs (Dale R. Worley) Thu, 07 March 2019 03:55 UTC

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Subject: Re: [urn] CTS and CITE2 URNs
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Comments on these registrations:

As Julian points out, using '#' as part of the URN assigned-name is
not allowed.

CTS URN registration

   CTS URNs provide permanent, canonical, scholarly references to
   texts or passages of text associated with the unique cultural
   phenomena that humanists study.

s/unique cultural phenomena/cultural phenomena/ -- I can't see any
manner in which the enormous number of humanistic phenomena are each


   The general structure of a CTS URN is as follows:



   A detailed definition of CTS syntax can be found at:

Unfortunately, neither this registration nor the pointed-to syntax
definition gives an exact description of the syntax.  E.g., at every
location where I noticed a part of the syntax described as "optional",
there was no exact statement regarding what adjacent separating
characters could or could not be omitted.  BNF is necessary.

   o An optional passage reference refers either to an individual
     passage or to a range of passages within a work. [...]

   o An optional subreference identifies a span within a single
     citation unit using indexed substrings. [...]

No assignment process is specified for either of these components.

CITE2 URN registration

All of the above comments for CTS URN apply to CITE2 as well.


   More detailed information about CTS URNs and the CTS architecture
   can be found at:

Was "CITE2" intended here rather than "CTS"?