I'm not sure if it is easier to write a DTD than assemble one from
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.
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
In any event there is much value in being able to read a DTD.
> helpful. The meta-issue, what to do (how to help) when people have gone the
> "easy route" and used TEI-Lite in a way we think inappropriate (whether
> they have done so knowingly or not), is bound to come up again and we need
> a considerate approach to it.
We can ask them to post an example or post a link to an example. And as
was pointed out with reference to marking up dramatic text point out the
advantages of using other than TEI-lite tag sets.
Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
Member of the Evelyn Letters Project