[tei-council] Fwd: Some more on notatedMusic to the council

James Cummings James.Cummings at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jun 29 03:46:09 EDT 2011

On 28/06/11 23:31, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> But let's step back a bit from all this - is the rest of the Council happy
> with Raffaele's proposed music tag as it stands? if so, then I lose the
> vote, and let's move on. Only if others share my concern about its content
> model need we continue the debate.

If an 'embed' or similar element existed then I would be happy 
for this to be part of the content model of notatedMusic to 
include this.  My worry about having it only include this (and 
say <desc>) is that it seems an unnecessary layer when you only 
want to have one child element.  Say we only want a <ptr/> to 
some file of music representation... Do we really need to do 
notatedMusic/embed(orwhatever)/ptr? rather than just 

I'd propose that we accept the content model as it is with the 
proviso to the music encoding community that it may change 
gettting an 'embed' type element or other modifications based on 
community feedback.  (i.e. that it should be considered 
'unstable' for purposes of backwards compatibility for awhile.) 
We have no mechanism to indicate such things, but as Raffaele 
mentioned the community is quite small and future changes are 
unlikely to cause too much disruption.

Completely separately to that I think that we should look at a 
semantically-neutral grouping element for embedding multiple 
representations of something with a content model including ptr, 
graphic, binaryObject, desc etc. but that discussion of this 
should be on a FR or another thread.


Dr James Cummings, InfoDev,
Computing Services, University of Oxford

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