This is not strictly speaking on topic, but I hope it is of enough
interest to the list to be discussed here.
I am trying to construct XPointers according to the W3C specification
(I know, it is not released, but I'd like to try it anyway...) for our
texts marked up in TEI. In marking up our texts of the Chinese
Buddhist Canon, we made heavy use of the <lb> element in
order to be able to point to a very narrow range in the texts in a way that is
compatible to general citing practice in our field. I would like to
exploit this when constructing xpointers. Now if, for example, I want to
point to a range of characters on a line, I would like to point to the
nearest previous <lb> element and then simply count the characters
from there. However, I simply can't figure out how to do this.
XPointer seems to somehow expect that the thing pointed to is
contained in the element, but TEI <lb> elements are empty milestones.
I wonder if this is possible at all with the current specification??
Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Dr. Christian Wittern
Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies
276, Kuang Ming Road, Peitou 112
Tel. +886-2-2892-6111#65, Email [log in to unmask]