Re: [urn] CTS and CITE2 URNs

worley@ariadne.com (Dale R. Worley) Sun, 24 March 2019 22:17 UTC

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Subject: Re: [urn] CTS and CITE2 URNs
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The situation we are in as one of conflicing requirements:  (1) the need
for URNs to absolutely follow the standard (RFC 8141), and (2) the need
for them to be human-convenient.

One way to square this circle would be to define two forms which are in
one-to-one correspondence:  If it starts with "urn:", it is in URN
format, and if it starts with "cts:" or "cite2:", it is in
human-friendly format.  For example, we could define these two strings
to be equivalent:

    cts:greekLit:tlg5026.msA.hmt:1.2.lemma#μῆνις

    urn:cts:greekLit:tlg5026.msA.hmt:1.2.lemma@%CE%BC%E1%BF%86%CE%BD%CE%B9%CF%82 

As long as this correspondence is algorithmicly defined, it shouldn't be
difficult to implement.

The latter proper URN can probably be translated into an IRI that would
show the final characers in the native Greek alphabet, but I don't know
enough about IRIs to know how that would work.

Dale