Wendell Piez wrote:
> But is there interest in presenting TEI papers to audiences of
> managers and programmers for banks, insurance companies, big pharma,
> government bureaucrats (albeit the interesting ones), and the rest?
> What would TEI achieve by getting more exposure at such an event? I
> think TEI's true audience remains on the academic side of things.
> Nowadays, to say you're interested in markup languages isn't really to
> say very much, at a conference on electronic publishing and data
> interchange. Maybe the MLA, or analogous organizations in different
> countries, is what TEI should be thinking about.
The shorter your reach the less fruit there is in range?
Granted if the TEI papers were prepared from the perspective that the
TEI is a tag set for the arcane and obscure and presented as such, I
don't think many in a more mercenary audience would be terribly interested.
On the other hand, if the TEI is seen as much as principles of document
analysis as a means for representing the results of that analysis, I
think the outcome and interest in papers prepared from that perspective
would be quite different.
Consider for example the interest you and I share in overlapping markup.
Granted we have both done more at Extreme Markup than anywhere else, but
after every presentation there are business types who are interested not
in our examples but in potential solutions to what is to them a real
business problem. (Actually I am working on what may be a paper for the
next Extreme conference that argues that overlap is the natural state of
texts and non-overlapping texts are a special and largely artificial case.)
Remember that the texts we now work on as historical relics were at one
time the stuff that concerned living authors, publishers (sometimes in a
loose sense of the word), governments, as well as academics of the day.
I don't recall the author's name (apologies) but I do recall a
presentation on teaching history using interactive SVG maps for example.
While even the subject being taught escapes my memory, I can easily
imagine that sort of technology being of interest to any business. To
take an easy case, imagine a traveling salesman (no this is not a joke)
who can look at an SVG map of their territory that includes their
customers. By selecting any of those customers, additional information
or access to other data can be provided. I think that would be of
interest to any number of businesses.
To be honest I can't think of a single markup issue that is unique to
academic use of markup. Some may be less likely to occur in some
business circumstances than others, but it is only by wearing blinders
that we can convince ourselves that the problems on the academic side of
things are "unique."
True, making a presentation to a non-academic audience requires an
awareness of how they see and/or describe a problem in order to have an
But we have waited at the banquet door for a number of years for TEI
supporters to attend the ceremonies without booming success. Perhaps we
should try walking through the marketplaces, halls of government and
other less isolated environs in search of potential guests.
Hope you are at the start of a great day!
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