[tei-council] 2.0 release notes
lou.burnard at retired.ox.ac.uk
Mon Dec 12 17:49:03 EST 2011
I've just checked into the P5 repository a preliminary draft for the
release notice to go out with release 2.0 of TEI P5, due real soon now.
I just picked out a few of what I see as the key developments, and would
much welcome suggestions for things I've overlooked or misrepresented.
The authoritative version is at P5/ReleaseNotes/readme-2.0.xml and it
looks like this:
This is a major new release of the P5 Guidelines, which introduces some
significant new material as well as implementing an unusually large set
of other changes and error corrections. Since the last release in March
2011, members of the TEI community have proposed over 60 feature
requests and reported about the same number of errors; dealing with
these has kept the TEI Council busy, and most of these tickets have now
been closed. Discussion of each modification and each action taken is
available on the relevant sourceforge ticket, which is also referenced
in the change log, as usual.
We mention here just a few of the more notable changes in this release:
1 Several new elements have been introduced to facilitate a more
"document-focussed" (as opposed to "text-focussed") way of working. A
new document element can now be used to organize digital images of a
source document in much the same way as the existing facsimile, but with
the added ability to embed detailed source transcriptions of the source
within the same structure. A number of other elements have been added or
modified to support the detailed encoding of transcriptions of
individual documents, and a mechanism has been defined for the encoder
to represent the evolution of a text through various writing stages. The
existing chapter on Physical Transcription has been exhaustively revised
to cater for these revisions which will, it is hoped, go some way to
improve the support offered by the TEI scheme for documentary and
2. The licensing conditions applicable to TEI products were made more
explicit and evident; the source code tree was tidied up, with all
unused items being moved out; some old annoyances -- notably the
meaningless distinction between "mwa" and "opt" -- were removed
3 A new notatedMusic element was added to support representation of
musical notation within texts in a way compatible with the existing
Music XML standard.
4. A number of minor changes were made to make it possible to represent
dates, and normalised dates, using non-Julian calendar systems; a new
attribute class was defined to facilitate provision of sort keys.
5. Several modifications were made to enhance the representation of more
carefully structured or richer bibliographic entries, notably the
ability to nest one bibl within another, and the ability to specify a
6. All examples were revised to drastically reduce the amount of
unnecessarily divergent and encoding practices (such as the values used
for the @rend attribute, or for language identifier codes)
7. The content models of some elements were relaxed in light of the
experience of converting ECCO to TEI P5, to permit for example stage
directions within verse, or verse within headings.
As far as possible, and in line with stated policy, none of the changes
made at this release should invalidate existing documents. Rather than
simply removing features or practices which are now considered
erroneous, care has been taken to indicate that such features are
deprecated and may be removed at a subsequent release. Work is ongoing
on how exactly to formalise this policy.
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