Text Encoding Initiative

Text Encoding Initiative : Background and Context

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Charles F. Goldfarb Saratoga. California If asked for a sure recipe for chaos I would propose a I am delighted that my invention, the Standard project in which several thousand impassioned special- Generalized Markup Language, was able to play a ists in scores of disciplines from a dozen or more role in the TEl's magnificent accomplishment, particu- countries would be given five years to produce some larly because almost all of the original applications 1300 pages of guidelines for representing the informa- of SGML were in the commercial and technological tion models of their specialties in a rigorous, machine- realms. It is reasonable, of course, that organiza- verifiable notation. Clearly, it would be sociologically tions with massive economic investments in new and and technologically impossible for such a group even changing information should want the benefits of infor- to agree on the subject matter of such guidelines, let mation asset preservation and reuse that SGML offers. alone the coding details. But just as clearly as the It is gratifying that the TEl, representing the guardians bumblebee flies despite the laws of aerodynamics, the of humanity's oldest and most truly valuable informa- Text Encoding Initiative has actually succeeded in such tion, chose SGML for those same benefits. an effort. The vaunted "information superhighway" would The TEl Guidelines are extraordinary.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 195.6 x 264.2 x 20.3mm | 725.76g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Reprinted from COMPUTERS AND THE HUMANITIES 29:1-3, 1995
  • VI, 240 p.
  • 0792336895
  • 9780792336891

Table of contents

Preface; C. Goldfarb. Introduction; N. Ide, J. Veronis. Part I: General Topics. The text encoding initiative: its history, goals, and future development; N. Ide, C.M. Sperberg-McQueen. The design of the TEI encoding scheme; C.M. Sperberg-McQueen, L. Burnard. What is SGML and how does it help? L. Burnard. Part II: Document-wide encoding issues. Character representation; H. Gaylord. The TEI header and the documentation of electronic texts; R. Giordano. Practical considerations in the use of TEI headers in large corpora; D. Dunlop. Part III: Encoding specific text types. Encoding verse texts; D. Chisholm, D. Robey. The show must go on: problems of tagging performance texts; J. Lavagnino, E. Mylonas. Textual criticism; R. Cover, P. Robinson. Speaking with one voice: encoding standards and the prospects for an integrated approach to computing in history; D. Greenstein, L. Burnard. The encoding of spoken texts; S. Johansson. E-TIF: an electronic terminology interchange format; A. Melby. Encoding dictionaries; N. Ide, J. Veronis. Part IV: Special encoding mechanisms. The TEI hypertext guidelines; S.J. DeRose, D. Durand. Rationale for the TEI recommendations for feature-structure markup; O.T. Langendoen, G.F. Simons. Hierarchical encoding of text: technical problems and SGML solutions; D. Barnard, et al.
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`I recommend this book highly. It succeeds both in serving as an informative and readable introductin to the TEI and in addressing many more technical and detailed topics that will appeal to potential TEI users from many different fields. The references and bibliographies are of the highest academic quality. The chapters are well written, edited and proofread.'
Natural Language Engineering, 4:2 (1998)
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