[tei-council] a proposal for a change to ODD (copy of ticket I just put in SF)

O'Donnell, Dan daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Mon Mar 8 17:59:41 EST 2010

All good things come to those who wait, James. My knees are calloused 
invoking higher powers about a sensible <choice> but your example gives 
me hope ;)


James Cummings wrote:
> Lou Burnard wrote:
>> A standalone collection of examples is a nice idea : you could pull in 
>> the individual ones you want in your ODD doc by using xInclude.
> I believe *cough* someone *cough* suggested this fervently before our 
> meeting in Lyon.  I then restated this in a later email and refer my 
> learned colleague to my email to the council list of 2009-04-30.  In it 
> I reiterated the idea that having a standalone collection of examples, 
> which the Guidelines would then XInclude (or similarly transclude). 
> This would allow (amongst many other things) a coordinated method of 
> using the same example in multiple places in the Guidelines and ODD 
> documentation.  I believe when I stated my reasons for thinking this was 
> a good idea, it was indeed my honourable colleagues in Oxford who 
> disagreed most vehemently with this suggestion. I am of course heartened 
> to see your suggestion and assume that you have now seen the light.
> I believe that the current problem could be solved with more rigorous 
> ODD processing.  The multi-pass solution I would recommend is testing 
> any example in the generated documentation against a schema generated 
> from the ODD (but allowing any element as a starting element), much as 
> we do in validating ex:egXML. The step that I'm not sure of in how to do 
> it is how to capture and feed that information back into the 
> transformation to then not include examples which do not validate. This 
> would result in the transformation for documentation just not including 
> any examples which did not validate against the current schema.  That's 
> just a suggestion mind you, I'm certainly not offering to attempt to 
> implement it.
> -James
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