[tei-council] 2.0 release notes

Gabriel Bodard gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk
Tue Dec 13 10:35:30 EST 2011

One exception to this: the changes we made to subst *will* invalidate 
existing documents, but only if those documents followed the schema and 
ignored good practice. People should be warned, though.


On 2011-12-12 22:49, Lou Burnard wrote:
> 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
> genetic editing.
> 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
> work's language.
> 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.

Dr Gabriel BODARD
(Research Associate in Digital Epigraphy)

Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL

Email: gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1388
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