[tei-council] 2.0 release notes

Martin Holmes mholmes at uvic.ca
Tue Dec 13 11:27:05 EST 2011

This should definitely go in the readme, then -- could you add a brief 
paragraph to it?


On 11-12-13 07:35 AM, Gabriel Bodard wrote:
> 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.
> G
> 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.

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

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