[tei-council] solving unnumbered divs (bis)
arianna.ciula at kcl.ac.uk
Thu Jan 18 05:09:10 EST 2007
Could we have a public summary of the 'technical argument' that people
interested can have a look at before replying to the survey?
James: I am happy to help out with the survey if you like.
James Cummings wrote:
> Lou Burnard wrote:
>> Is it wise to base this decision solely on "perceived demographics"?
>> What's the basis for the perception? Where is the evidence?
> Hence my proposed survey. I suggest I post a survey and give people a month to
> answer it. While I wouldn't want to make such a change *solely* on statistical
> results of such a survey, since we have a technical need for it, if the survey's
> findings point to one of the possible solutions as preferable then at least that
> is some evidence. Of course, we should be aware that the survey might produce
> information that only complicates the matter. (If for example there is a 60/40
> split, do we go with the 60? Surely 40% of respondents would represent a
> significant portion of the community and thus we'd be back to trying to
> implement both.) Basically the question is whether people want to continue to
> support use of both div0 and div1 as a starting element. If people are fine
> with numbered divs starting only at div0, then that is fine. If a strong
> contingent feel they should also be allowed to start at div1, then it is more
>> Those chaps
>> in NZ have barely started their survey yet, let alone produced any results.
> The University of Sydney is in Australia.
>> I note also that we have in the past made far more radical changes in P5
>> (id to xml:id, lang to xml:lang) on the basis of other criteria, and
>> even (in the latter case) in the teeth of voluble opposition from the
>> "perceived demographic".
> True, and the only reason I'm suggesting the survey is that it might shed some
> light on how strongly the community feels about this. (i.e. is this a lone
> voice crying in the wilderness or a general consensus)
>> Personally I would like to have a good technical argument for making (or
>> not making) any of these changes.
> I think Sebastian has already made the technical argument for making these
> changes (and the argument for not making them being that we're unable to have
> people cleanly remove numbered divs should they desire).
Dr Arianna Ciula
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS (UK)
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