[tei-council] future of web Roma

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Fri Oct 21 04:04:21 EDT 2011

A couple of recent queries from Kevin remind me that web Roma becomes
ever more urgently in need of a major revision. Much as I love hacking that
PHP code, I am afraid I simply cannot contemplate doing so again in the
foreseeable future.

I wonder what people think of a call on TEI-L for someone willing
to take on writing a new Roma, entirely as a modern web app
in Javascript? could we set aside, say, $5000 as payment for
anyone willing to do the job? is that too little money?

It may not be obvious to everyone that the work Roma does to create outputs
now largely consists of calls to OxGarage, so the task is no more (!) than
that of an ODD editor. All the TEI P5 sources which one needs to
prompt users with values etc can be fetched with a single
call to a web server for a (big) gob of data in JSON format.

My english colleagues may like to use the phrase
"lancing the boil" in respect of this problem.
Stormageddon Rahtz      
Head of Information and Support Group, Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. Phone +44 1865 283431

Sólo le pido a Dios
que el futuro no me sea indiferente

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