On Thu, 2005-02-17 at 10:31, Gerald Egan wrote:
> Hello, I am a relatively new user of TEI who is involved in encoding
> English broadside ballads for a project recently begun at the
> University of California. I'm afraid I'm about to ask a somewhat
> unsophisticated question, but here goes:
> Recently those of us on the project team have become aware of the
> orange xml buttons that have proliferated on sites, and whose purpose
> seems to be to allow the reader to view and/or validate the xml code
> for RSS.
Not quite. The RSS button means "there is an RSS summary of this page
available which you can add to your RSS-reader by clicking on this".
It doesn't say anything about validation of anything at all. RSS is
a different DTD to TEI (and a horrible mess as well).
> I don't understand the true purpose of this function or whether it has
> any relevance to the web presentation of literary texts that have been
> transformed into HTML from TEI source.
None whatsoever. RSS is designed for fast-changing sites where you
want to be able to view an up-to-the-minute summary of the latest
changes. It's sometimes, very confusingly, called a "news-feed".
> Could anyone kindly explain to me whether it has become the convention
> on sites that use TEI as the mark-up format for literary texts to
> provide this facility for viewing the original TEI mark-up?
It's not for doing anything with TEI markup at all, so to [ab]use
it for that would probably confuse the user beyond belief.
> Is it important to do so now or to plan to do so in the future?
No. What might certainly be important is to use the button to let your
readers access News about your project. That indeed might be fast-
changing, and many of them would probably welcome the facility to be
updated about what you are doing, what new texts have come online
recently, who has joined and left the project, etc.