[tei-council] date-stamping <desc>

David J Birnbaum djbpitt+tei at pitt.edu
Sun Oct 8 11:00:40 EDT 2006

Dear Sebastian (cc Council),

Do we have a standard mechanism for date-stamping in general? It seems 
that needing to review the Bulgarian translation of a description 
because the English one has changed may not be all that different from 
having to update chapter QX because chapter XQ, which refers to it, has 

Similarly, Syd's argument about what counts as the "last updated" date 
would seem to apply to updates of any sort in any project. Is there a 
"best practice" among software developers for dealing with this?



Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> As some of you know, we have finally got some money
> to spend on translating TEI descriptions.
> I need to decide finally how to handle the new
> descriptions of elements etc.
> Until proved otherwise,
> the multiple translated <desc>s are merged into the TEI
> source with an appropriate xml:lang attribute,
> and the appropriate one selected at run time.
> I'd like to add an attribute like "lastUpdated" to
> every <desc> and <gloss>, so that we can get a handle
> on when translations become suspect
> because the English has changed. Who would
> support me on this?

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