Syd Bauman wrote:
> Glad you caught it; no big deal.
> On the other hand, I'd like to adress your bigger question -- "use
> TEI for encoding my catalog-that's-like-a-dictionary-but-not, or make
> my own DTD" by suggesting that it is likely the best approach is the
> middle road: to make your own extensions to the TEI DTD.
I had thought that this might be possible, but wading through the TEI
DTD, finding the right places to change things, and come out having it
work has proved to be a formidable task in the past. OTOH, I am well aware that all
of the TEI2-based XSLT materials that I have developed will largely go
to waste if I start building my own DTD from scratch.
> * Use <ab type="catEntry"> instead, and live with no internal
I have been aware that most of my problems could be resolved if I simply
relegate all of the most meaningful markup to the attributes. But
whenever I do that, I feel like my usage of XML is being constrained in
a way that I don't really like, and I hate teaching that kind of XML to others.
> * Create a new paragraph-level element <catEntry> and give it
> whatever internal structure you desire
> * Create a new div-level element, <catEntry> and give it whatever
> internal structure you desire
To me, one of the above two seems to be the most attractive option, but
I realize that it means I'll have to try to do some work with the DTD
that scares me a bit.
> But as always, if you have trouble, post!
This is encouraging.
After beginning to do a little bit of provisional markup during these
past couple of days, I've discovered a number of things that need to be
cleaned up a bit better before I can really benefit from expert
advice. Once I get the material a bit cleaner, if I haven't yet figured
a markup strategy, I'll post a sample entry to the list with some
explanatory notes, so those who are interested can have a more concrete
idea of the content and structure of this material.
> Let me know if you'd like an example of any of these possibilities. I
> can't right now, for it's just that time in the morning when the sun
> is hitting my monitor, and I can't even see what I'm typing. (Can't
> even proof this post for typos; sorry.)
I Can't count how many times I've been there. But now that I *finally* have
Debian working on most of my machines, I should be safe from all-niters
for a little while...
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