[tei-council] Fwd: Re: Notes on chapter 11 (part one)

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Thu Nov 10 07:47:18 EST 2011

On 10 Nov 2011, at 12:39, Lou Burnard wrote:

> Just to prove the point, no I don't think we should impose a bogus 
> uniformity on the @rend values used throughout the Guidelines examples. 
> I say "bogus" because there is no consensus as to what values we should 
> propose and plenty of evidence that different projects choose to make 
> their own rules on the matter. So the Glines really ought to demonstrate 
> that there is a variety of practice in the matter.

it is not bogus to use the same discipline as we suggest to others….

_if_ the examples were drawn from real-life encoding projects,
and referenced as such, I might agree with you. But they're almost
universally not, they are concocted by the TEI writers and editors

> The implication that our readers are too unsophisticated to understand 
> this is particularly objectionable. Maybe you'd like P6 to be rewritten 
> in Basic English with all the big words taken out too?

yes, very much. There is no virtue in complexity _per se_.
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