As you know, I've signed you up to this list because you volunteered to
contribute effort to the drafting of a document about the possibility of
replacing the existing TEI "janus" or "mirror" tags with a more general
"choice" mechanism. Thanks! and welcome aboard.
The document we are hoping to produce is needed for the editors to be
able to incorporate this new mechanism into TEI P5, and so in some
respects what you've signed up for is more or less mutatis mutandis the
same as the work of any other TEI workgroup, except that there is no
formal charge, no chairperson, and no requirement to report to the TEI
council. All of those conditions may of course change, but I see no need
for that at present. This is NOT intended to be a place for general
discussion of encoding issues, but simply a way of facilitating
production of a specific document. Nevertheless, I hope everyone will be
able to share ideas and help in its drafting -- and I should also make
clear that your participation is entirely voluntary!
The specific impetus to ask for volunteer effort, by the way, was a
discussion at the last TEI Council meeting of a proposal from a
different group of scholars, concerned about problems of word endings
and "sandhi" in Sanskrit texts. That group had expressed firmly the view
that a general choice mechanism was inadequate to their needs, even
though the TEI had not yet actually made anything beyond a vague gesture
towards deciding what such a mechanism might look like. You can read
their current views on the subject at
http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/CE/cew11.pdf -- it's not primarily our
task here to deal with the questions raised therein, but it might be
helpful for us to be aware of them, if only as background.
However, it seems to me that our first task ought to be to produce some
kind of straw draft of a proposal. Maybe some of us would like to work
on a fully orchestrated formal academic publication about the problem of
representing choice points within digital editions; maybe some of us are
really fascinated by the ontological issue. I would like to start with
an engineering problem however. We know that we need to change the way
things like <sic> and <corr> work in the current TEI Guidelines. Let's
start by sketching out a proposal for a better way of doing that, and
let's see how many other cases the same piece of engineering can deal
with. Who will volunteer to produce the first sketch?
I wondered whether to insist on that, but decided I would leave it to
your collective good judgment....
Syd Bauman wrote:
>>Who will volunteer to produce the first sketch?
> Note that this sketch should be produced in TEI Lite (P4 XML).