You make good points.
At 10:00 PM 7/7/00 -0400, you wrote:
>I'm not sure if it is easier to write a DTD than assemble one from
It isn't, always. It is very much a subjective matter. Some would say the
analytical work of writing a DTD is way harder than simply adapting a
tried-and-true model. Others would say, that's the fun part. My more
important point is that we need to make room in our imaginations for
perceptions of others that may be surprising to us. That we can debate this
issue at all (I'd be willing to say more about it) is an indication that
the question is, as I say, grey and dappled.
>With the pizza chef interface, TEI DTDs are much easier to assemble than
>back in 1996 when many a parser would choke on the parameter entities.
Quite true. Then again, many are nervous about operating an interface to a
process they don't understand. To my mind, it's a good thing they are. We
don't really want to encourage people to be deploying a technology that is
a mystery to them, do we? (Even if we all do this to a frightening extent.)
>The green books are to my mind and in my practice no different than any
>other well-thumbed reference work. The guidelines are now available on the
>Web (they were available via ftp as ascii>. I have used good old copy and
>paste and quoted urls in many an educational effort (succession planning
>& knowledge transfer have always been part of the projects I have worked
Again, true -- and again, further evidence that my deeper points are valid.
Most of us old-schoolers share this sensibility with you and regard the
green books with genuine affection, like old friends (who may continue to
surprise us). But others, you know, are genuinely frightened by big
reference works of any kind. Do we want to turn them off (and mar our own
reputations in the process) just because they haven't been acculturated as
we have? (Maybe we do: I'm just asking.) If they are engaged in scholarly
publishing, shouldn't we grease the rails for them?
I reiterate the point that both Syd and Perry did address the poster's
question, and that I'm really concerned because I get really skittish when
I sense that our own eagerness to do things right, and show others how to,
crosses the line into a kind of missionary intolerance of those who haven't
"gotten it" yet. There are lots of these folks, and a great many of them
are potential TEI users.
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