[tei-council] <notatedMusic> changes required

Martin Holmes mholmes at uvic.ca
Fri Jul 8 11:07:18 EDT 2011

On 11-07-08 12:41 AM, Raffaele Viglianti wrote:
> Dear all,
> Apologies for missing out on yesterday's very interesting discussion. I
> am delighted to see that things are moving forward!
> I'll try to clarify what I think the ptr in notatedMusic implies.
> notatedMusic, we agreed, marks the presence of music notation in text;
> ptr points to any electronic representation of this music. How to use of
> such electronic representation is -so far- left to the user.
> In my opinion, because the notation itself is actually part of the text,
> when processing I would attempt to render the notation at @target and
> embed the result in my HTML, epub, etc. It would be great to have an
> element that makes this meaning explicit (i.e. externalObject), but now
> consider this other scenario: the notation itself is part of the text,
> but when processing I produce a link to its representation rather than
> embedding the result.
> Could ptr (without a @type) be agnostic enough to allow both scenarios?
> Or does it imply exclusively the latter? If it supports both scenarios,
> then it may be that we don't need a @type and leave the rendering choice
> (link/embed) to the user.

This is really my position. Providing hints in the XML to the rendering 
agent is entirely optional, in my view; the TEI XML is an abstract 
representation of a document, not (necessarily) the ingredients for a 
predetermined rendition recipe.


Martin Holmes
University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre
(mholmes at uvic.ca)

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