Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 602.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 06:43:06 +0100
From: Robert.Knapp@directory.reed.edu (Robert Knapp)
Subject: Seeking Advice for an Online Edition
This summer, funded by a grant promoting undergraduate research, I'm going
to work with a student to mount a partially annotated on line edition of
Jones's 1594 translation of Lipsius's Sixe Bookes of Politics. This will
be no doubt be good training for both of us, and for me a useful prelude to
getting back to a larger scholarly project; it should also have some modest
utility for students--especially undergraduate students--of the English
But as a novice at electronic editing, I could use advice from fellow
Humanists. Of course I've looked at some of the most widely cited
sources: the TEI Guidelines and the MLA guidelines, as well as those
that Michael Best has developed for the Internet Shakespeare, and I've been
consulting Charles Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing
Bibliography. At present, I intend to develop a scheme for gradual
tagging, with full realization modeled on Ian Lancashire's RET series.
But I'm concerned about several issues: 1) after initial data entry (using
a standard word processor) and proofreading, what's the best software for
SGML/XML tagging (using a Mac platform)? Adobe Framemaker + SGML looks
promising; others recommend Dreamweaver. Advice eagerly solicited. 2)
Lancashire's SGML guidelines predate the development of XML, and the
associated modification of SGML declarations. Does anyone have experience
modifying such older SGML guidelines in order to make sure that the work
we produce is in TEI-conformant XML? 3) I'm planning to devise a gradual
tagging process that will allow moving in some systematic way toward
appropriately fine detail: can anyone advise whether Lancashire's RET
guidelines tend toward unncessarily fine detail? 4) what issues should I be
concerned about that I'm probably ignorant of?
Any advice or hyperlinks that come to mind would be much appreciated.
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