[tei-council] reviewing SA again;what is standoff?

Laurent Romary laurent.romary at loria.fr
Mon Oct 9 02:15:25 EDT 2006

Hi Sebastian,
You are perfectly right, this is the way most people (at least) in  
the NLP community would think stand-off means.
You passed your sanity check OK...

Le 8 oct. 06 à 21:34, Sebastian Rahtz a écrit :

> Something Syd said made me look at SA-LinkingSegmentationAlignment  
> (chapter 14, in plain man's talk) again,
> and I found myself reading 14.9 with some puzzlement. It talks about
> "stand-off, or external, when the tags representing elements are  
> placed outside of the text being marked up: elsewhere within the  
> same file, or even outside it altogether"
> and goes to say how XInclude can be leveraged to do this. It has
> an example of how a poem in plain text can be TEI-ified
> by writing a second document which contains a series
> of <l> elements each with an XInclude which specifies
> a set of words/characters. A merging process is decribed by
> which a new 3rd document is created by merging the two together.
> Now, I don't say that 14.9 is telling porkies, but is this
> really what most people think of when they say "standoff"?
> and is it really the use-case we think of when we consider
> using XInclude?
> I think of "standoff" as being when some markup in document A
> says things about markup in document B; thus if document
> B has 67 paragraphs and 14 images, then document A makes
> claims about how the two relate together.
> But before I go on, a sanity check - am I simply
> misunderstanding the common use of "standoff"?
> -- 
> Sebastian Rahtz
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