The Rev'd Doug Morrison-Cleary, OSL wrote:
> As a participant in both ThML <http://www.ccel.org/ThML/> and the OSIS
> projects <http://www.bibletechnologies.net/> I have to agree 100% with
> Michael. Both projects have deliberately chosen to use a non-TEI schema
> because they need something "simpler" that can be easily coded by
> non-technical volunteers.
This makes me feel even more depressed. If both projects actually
investigated the TEI thoroughly (which is what "deliberately chosen"
implies) and decided to ignore it on the grounds that it was too
complicated then we simply are not getting the message across. Or failed
at the time of this investigation at any rate.
Even more depressing, on a quick scan down the links (for which thanks)
is that some of the people associated with these projects are or have
been serving TEI Board or Council members.
> ThML has been around for several years (TEI P3? or earlier?) and when it
> was first developed this was the analysis given of TEI:
> 'The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) application of SGML is semantically
> rich for literary analysis but not easy to learn or tuned for
> theological study. It doesn't offer special handling of scripture
> references or Strongs-like reference systems, for example. Also, the
> language is very large and the overhead required to learn and process
> the language is high.'
If this criticism had been made in any TEI forum, or even offline to a
TEI editor, I am sure it would have been vigorously rebutted. I won't
tire the patience of list readers by doing so now!
>>From my microcosmic experience TEI has the reputation of being just too
> difficult, especially for volunteers to use *effectively*. Where are the
> small scale, maybe limited vocab, volunteer-based TEI projects that
> should be one half of the evangelism programs of TEI?
That's an excellent question! Outside mainstream academia and the
digital library people, I suppose I would point to the work of the
Gutenberg "distributed proof readers" guys -- who appear to have
developed their own customization of TEI Lite, and some documentation
for it, and who definitely fit the profile you describe. See for example