[tei-council] 2.0 release notes

Gabriel Bodard gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk
Wed Dec 14 09:13:23 EST 2011

Okay, it's committed. Feel free to correct in XML.



On 2011-12-14 13:52, Martin Holmes wrote:
> I think it's fine as it is. I vote it be added to the readme.
> Cheers,
> Martin
> 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.

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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