[tei-council] 2.0 release notes

Martin Holmes mholmes at uvic.ca
Wed Dec 14 08:52:17 EST 2011

I think it's fine as it is. I vote it be added to the readme.


On 11-12-14 05:34 AM, Gabriel Bodard wrote:
> I've tried to compose such a brief paragraph, but (a) it's not brief,
> and (b) I'm not sure whether it says too much or not enough. Anybody
> like to propose a way to make it more concise?
> <item>A major revision of the<gi>subst</gi>  element content model has
> been made, to bring the schema and guidelines in line with what we
> believe to be good practice for this element (the only legal contents of
> <gi>subst</gi>  are now<gi>del</gi>,<gi>add</gi>). This may result in
> some projects' existing XML becoming invalid under the new schema, but
> (a) these projects were already dubious in practice, and (b) new
> functionality has been introduced in the form of the<gi>substJoin</gi>
> element to cater for the more problematic substitutions that required
> the deprecated markup.</item>
> On 2011-12-13 16:27, Martin Holmes wrote:
>> This should definitely go in the readme, then -- could you add a brief
>> paragraph to it?
>> Cheers,
>> Martin
>> 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.

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