<quoted from Steven DeRose>
SBL has standard reference schemes for a wide variety of works.
Though it's not clear to me what you are trying to have a scheme do
-- esp. given the subject line of your note, and the mixture of
"book" and "journal" article in the same list with "manuscript" etc.
What, specifically, do you want these "references" and "links" to be
capable of, and useful for?
My problem begins where the SBL Style Manual ends: e.g. how do you name
an ancient near eastern text for which no canonical reference scheme
What I want is a standard referencing scheme for everything that has ever
been written, hence the name 'universal'. The general requirement is to
be able to name and reference in a standard manner any piece of writing,
whether or not it has been published. (Maybe use the Dublin Core as a
The naming scheme would need to encourage standardisation so that there
would be one reference per work. (Perhaps a central repository of named
writings needs to be created. OCLC has a large list, but I don't think it
is freely accessable.) The referencing scheme would need to point to the
work in question, or to a place holder if the work is not published.
I want the references to be capable of identifying the work in question
and the links to point to the work or a substitute, which may only be a
message saying that the work is yet to be published in a linkable way.
The following scenario illustrates the need:
An author refers to an ancient document that he or she has read. The
document is not published in any printed or electronic medium, but may
well be published in the future. When it comes to making the TEI version
of the author's work, I use an xref element to point to the ancient
document. But what shall I call it? Where should it point?
There is a WG in the Bible Technologies Group addressing this issue.
Reference can of course get quite complicated because of issues such
as differences of naming and versification across languages and
Yes, but isn't the WG only handling biblical references? Another
complication is that each document can have many renditions. E.g. An
ancient book may have many manuscript copies, each of which probably has
textual idiosyncracies. It seems to me that the idea of a single class
with many instances would be a good starting point for a universal