[tei-council] Towards some guidelines for the maintenance of P5

Christian Wittern wittern at kanji.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Sat Jul 15 01:59:07 EDT 2006

Council members,

As you will recall, we had some discussion on what kind of radical
changes would be acceptable to our users and how much backward
compatibility we would need to maintain.  This led nowhere and we
finally charged David Birnbaum with drafting a document that might
lead to a better guidance for future development.  

The main focus should be development after the release of P5, I think,
since we do already have a license to break everything, provided we
can reassemble it.

I remember that the TEI already has some procedures in place, which
might be used as a reference.  A quick search turned up:

http://www.tei-c.org/Vault/ED/edw48.htm :
Procedures for Maintenance and Extension of the TEI Guidelines, Version of 21 May 1995
http://www.tei-c.org/Vault/ED/edw57.htm :
Procedures for Correcting Errors in the TEI Guidelines Version of July 23, 1994 (Revised July 27, 1994)
Status: This document has been agreed by the editors of the TEI and reflects current editorial policy.

Now both seem to be a bit dated and I remember faintly some more
recent documents for this purpose.  Does anybody has a pointer?

I would hope that we can release a maintenance whitepaper together
with P5 1.0 and would appreciate any input to it.

All the best,

Christian Wittern


 Christian Wittern 
 Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
 47 Higashiogura-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8265, JAPAN

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