[tei-council] visualizing the TEI

James Cummings James.Cummings at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Mon Oct 16 14:15:37 EDT 2006

Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> Thanks to some neat insights by my colleague Barry Cornelius, we
> are now able to offer a new graphical view of the TEI. Start
> with http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rahtz/TEI.svg
> and click on names of elements or classes. There are
> some rough edges still, but if people find this sort of thing useful,
> we can make it part of the Guidelines.

As others have said much more eloquently... nifty.

My concern is not whether it should be part of the Guidelines or 
another way of looking at them etc., but that these could be extremely 
confusing for those who don't understand the Guidelines, and content 

I'm wondering if there isn't any way to simplify the layout and 
presentation of it to be more straightforward to those unfamiliar with 
such visual layouts of schemas etc.  We ask a lot of those who, having 
read some of the guidelines then want to find out about content 
models... they need to learn RelaxNG compact syntax... and now in a 
more visual presentation of the same information it is also 
potentially quite confusing.  (Or maybe that is because I looked at 
the content model of body as an example.....)  I think the idea is 
good, and the implementation along the right lines... just something 
about the layout or something.   It doesn't read as immediately 
transparent in meaning to me.  I don't have many suggestions as to how 
to make this better though. :-(


Dr James Cummings, Oxford Text Archive, University of Oxford

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