Let's split some hairs...
> SR> The philosophy of the P4 TEI is to keep old documents working,
> SR> even if some constraints are loosened.
> This is a philosophy I was not aware of; nor do I think I approve
> of it, although I haven't put much thought into it yet. Is it
> promulgated anywhere?
The search for evidence about the past can detrack from what _should_ be
the best practices for the future. I do think the ideal of information
interchange and data longivity are the hallmark of the TEI vision, however
that vision may be expressed. It is especially the case with the "resp"
attribute which enables researchers to pick up the work of another
researcher and enrich it with further encoding.
> The TEI is, at least in part, a research
> project (remember, the "P" stands for "proposal"), not a commercial
> product. If making it better includes making it more restrictive,
> then so be it, IMHO.
Re "proposal" --- by analogy "recommendation" is not "standard" ; the W3C
is not the ISO. commercial, shareware or freeware is not the point --
information interchange, I believe, is. A commercial vendor that did not
plan for backwards compatibility would be at odds with competitors.
I don't think that the verdict on "more restrictive" = "better" is out
yet. Tricky antecdent with that "it" -- the "it" is not restricted to the
DTDs or even eventually a set of XML-Schema, it includes the practices and
lore that have grown up around the body of text that are the guidelines,
the DTD, the tutorials, the TEI consortium web site. etc.
> Please don't mistake me -- I am all in favor of using post-DTD
> validation processes
I sense you conceding a point :)
> On the other hand, I wish it were a lot clearer in the Guidelines to
> what element the IDREF resp= should point.
You mean like a cross-reference to the section on <rspstmt> in the header?
> Lastly I will point out that using IDREF for resp= of NOTE is a bit
> of a problem: perhaps the "Sample values include" section should be
Can you elaborate on this?
Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
20th : Machine Age :: 21st : Era of Reparation