Syd's rewording of the question in the subject line has led me to ask if
the following treatment:
> > ... multi-volume set, which we are treating as a composite text. In
> > volume one, following the usual kind of front matter for that
> > volume (contents, list of illustrations) there is a foreword and a
> > general introduction section that relate to the entire set.
> First, let's make sure I understand the problem -- a division (or
> two) of front matter that applies to the entire series is nestled in
> with front matter that applies only to volume 1.
could be approached as an encoding task that could be characterized as
the encoding of two "readings" and which could be coverd by _alternation_.
Such an approach might resolve some of the processor issues highlighted by
Syd. One reading is focused on the physicality (position in the printed
volume) and the other on the logicality (position in relation to the
series). The encoder could be building views or readings of the "text"
which excluded each other (either mutually or with degrees of
Syd by citing Julia initmates that encoding is an act of reproducing what
> "Why can't book publishers think like text encoders?"
> -- Julia Flanders>
Because some encoders think like readers in the plural?! Encoding can be
about enabling comparative reading.
If the text is approached as being re-readable, then the encoding is like
a matrix coupled to a set of vectors. Encoding becomes a matter of
imagining what one can do with cells in exploring the tabular nature of
Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
per Interactivity ad Virtuality via Textuality