URLs truncated in bibliography

I'm attempting to help a user sort out an issue in which URLs for the item type 'web page' are truncated in her bibliography. She's using the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics citation style which, as far as I can tell, incorporates full URLs.

If, for example, she cites https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-P1600143/public, it shows up in her bibliography as --

LIGO Scientific Collaboration. 2017. Exploring the Sensitivity of Next Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors. https://dcc.ligo.org.

I was curious and so I tested it in ZoteroBib. I pasted https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-P1600143/public, selected the ARAA style, and got --

LIGO-P1600143-v18: Exploring the Sensitivity of Next Generation Gravitational Wave Detectors. https://dcc.ligo.org

-- with the same truncated URL. She has the box checked to 'include URLs of paper articles in references.' If she puts the full URL in the 'website title' field it shows up just fine. But I'm wondering -- is this behavior expected? And is her workaround sustainable?

Thanks so much for your time!
  • (this is our [CSL] bug; I'll fix it)
  • edited October 6, 2020
    Thank you!
  • This is fixed for the CSL style. I think they update pretty frequently at zbib, but might take a day or two.
  • @adamsmith I didn’t realize that URL truncation was even possible in CSL. I’m not sure that’s spec. Is that something that we should consider adding? I personally think it’s not a good idea, but know that some styles like MLA(?) call for it.
  • It's not spec -- I was as surprised as you were ;)
    The problem is to define what a truncated URL is: is it just the host (as done here) or is it omitting the http(s) (which is what MLA wants). The latter is quite simple, I imagine, so adding it and making MLA format a little more correct out of the box may be worthwhile (even thought it's not a great rule) ?
  • Does MLA want no protocol, but otherwise full URL, or no-protocol, host-only?
  • They specifically don't want http(s) -- other protocols should obviously stay, though I'd guess that's basically just ftp these days -- but otherwise the full URL.
  • Sounds good. I’ll write a test for Frank.
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