15.153 TEI Guidelines, ver 4

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 153.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 07:05:48 +0100
             From: Michael Fraser <mike.fraser@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
             Subject: TEI Guidelines, version 4: review draft released

    Oxford, 1 August 2001

    The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C) today announced
    release of the official review draft of version 4 of Guidelines
    for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. The third edition,
    known as "P3", has been heavily used since its released in April of
    1994 for developing richly encoded and highly portable electronic
    editions of major works in philosophy, linguistics, history, literary
    studies, and many other disciplines.

    The fourth edition, "P4" will be fully compatible with XML, as well as
    remaining compatible with SGML (XML's predecessor and the syntactic basis
    for P3). XML-compatible versions of the TEI DTDs have been available for
    some time by means of an automatic generation process using the TEI "pizza
    chef" on the project's website at http://www.tei-c.org/pizza.html. The
    first stage in the production of P4 has been to remove the need for this
    process; accordingly, a preliminary set of dual-capability XML or SGML
    DTDs was made available for testing at the ACH-ALLC Conference in New York
    in June (now available from http://www.tei-c.org/P4X/DTD/). The next stage
    was to apply a series of systematic changes to the associated
    documentation, which is now complete: the results may be read at
    http://www.tei-c.org/P4X/index.html (HTML) or
    http://www.tei-c.org/P4X/reviewdraft.pdf (PDF)

    Over the summer, it is planned to carry out a complete review of this
    text, aiming to treat XML equally with SGML throughout. Detailed work is
    required to revise the treatment of character sets and writing systems, as
    well as in rewriting the chapter "A Gentle Introduction to SGML", and is
    already underway.

    The TEI Consortium solicits assistance in the review of all other parts of
    the new draft. For information on how you can participate in this review,
    please go to http://www.tei-c.org/TEI/P4X/Status/

    Comments are due to the editors by mid-September, and it is hoped to
    complete the first publication of the new draft in time for the first TEI
    Members Meeting scheduled for November of this year.

    The TEI Consortium is a non-profit membership organisation, set up to
    maintain and develop the TEI Guidelines. The TEI Guidelines are an
    international and interdisciplinary standard that helps libraries,
    museums, publishers, and individual scholars represent all kinds of
    literary and linguistic texts for online research and teaching, using
    an encoding scheme that is maximally expressive and minimally
    obsolescent. The Consortium has executive offices in Bergen, Norway,
    and hosts at the University of Bergen, Brown University, Oxford
    University, and the University of Virginia, with Lou Burnard (of
    Oxford) as European editor, and Steve DeRose (of Brown) as North
    American Editor.

    More information is available from info@tei-c.org, or TEI Executive
    Office, The HIT Centre, Allagaten 27, N-5007 Bergen, Norway,
    telephone +47 55 58 29 54. http://www.tei-c.org/

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