On Sun, Jun 20, 2004 at 09:39:34AM +0100, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> thats closer to what I would do
> have you looked at http://www.silmaril.ie/bibliox/? it might give you
I have started to develop a format to handle all types of bibliographic
entries. By my side is *Chicago Style Manual,* the authoratative source
on this topic.
I am beginning to think that developing such a comprehensive schema for
bibliographies is very complicated and takes a bit of expertise. It
should probably be done as a collobrative effort.
Consider just the issue of recording authors. All author elements should
have a surname and either a first name or initials. But in addition, an
author might use a pseudonym, and this pseudonym should be recorded
within the author element. In some cases, the biblographic entry should
include *only* the pseudonym. Think of the American author Mark Twain,
who is known my his pseudonym.
In other cases, the pseudonym should appear along with the author's real
name. Think of the British writer Charlotte Bronte, who used the
pseudonym Currer Bell. The world knows her by Bronte.
Also, a work may be published anonymously. This information must be
Another complication occurs when the author appears in the title of the
work. (*The Autobiography of Ben Franklin.*) In this case, the footnote
should contain the author's name; but the bibliographic entry should. So
the fact that the author's name appears in the title must be included in
There are also many issues with titles. In some cases, a complete
editorial statement is needed; in other cases, just the name of the
If the article begins with an artile (such as "A" or "The" in English),
this article should be put at the end of a title. That means that the
title element should look like this:
<title><leadArticle>A</leadArticle> Time to Harvest</title>
(At first I solved the problem of a leading article at the beginning of
a title with my xslt stylesheet. However, what if the title is in
German? You would have to deal with Ein, Eine, Der, Die, and Das. In
French you would have to deal with La and Ler. And so on.)
I don't think any of these problems are impossible to solve. But they do
take a lot of thinking and planning.
I think that any solution I come up with will be complicated. I don't
know if such a complicated solution is appropriate for a proposal.
Still, I really think some type of XML vocubulary should be developed to
solve the problem of automatically generting bibliographic data. In
searching the web, I have found others with exactly this concern.
The link you provided me ( http://www.silmaril.ie/bibliox/?) seems to
provide only a very limited solution to biblogrphic entries. It mixes
appearance with content in order to get around the many complexities I
have hinted at above.
What would really help is someone with expertise in library science.
I'm not sure how I'll proceed from here.
*Paul Tremblay *
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