[tei-council] support for P4

Lou Burnard lou.burnard at retired.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jun 14 05:06:01 EDT 2011

This sounds like exactly the right timetable to me.

We (Laurent?) should probably pass this idea by the Board.

On 14/06/11 10:04, James Cummings wrote:
> On 14/06/11 09:53, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>> On 14 Jun 2011, at 09:46, Laurent Romary wrote:
>>> We need to discuss what we mean by deprecating P4:
>>> - we should do our best to prevent such bundling as you mention
>>> - we need to keep P4 information on our web site
>>> What would you suggest?
>> What you say there, really. Ask people to stop including P4 as a first class citizen
>> in bundles; leave all files in the same place on the web site for the foreseeable
>> future; rewrite the top-level web pages to make it harder to find P4; stop Google indexing
>> P4 Guidelines.
>> So people who use P4 now will not be disadvantaged, but new people will not find it by mistake
>> the question to my mind is whether this is premature, or whether we should start planning to do this
>> at the end of 2011
> Could I suggest that the appropriate time to have a de-emphasis
> of TEI P4 is in November 2011.  I suggest this because that is
> exactly one calendar year before we stop support for P4.  We
> promised 5 years ongoing support for TEI P4 from November 2007.
> In November 2011 we could de-emphasize it by doing the following
> things as Sebastian suggests:
> - Freeze any support of it except major bugs (if we've not done
> this already)
> - Demote its visibility in the TEI-C Website
> - Change the robots.txt to encourage search engines to forget
> about it.
> - Remind people that they have a year to stop using it.
> In November 2012 I'd suggest that it appears only in the Vault
> and that the TEI Guidelines page not have any mention of it. (As
> it has no mention of other versions like TEI P3, but does have a
> link to the TEI Archive which contains them).
> -James

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