Syd Bauman wrote:
> SR> I think Syd and I disagree on this; but I think a document can be
> SR> checked against validity of lots of different schemas. to be
> SR> conformant, the document validates against "tei_all", regardless
> SR> of what hacked schema the author may have used along the way
> To say I disagree with this is a monumental understatement. I
> disagree with it so strongly, Sebastian, that I hope you don't
> really mean this, and that it is really the case that
> a) we are talking at cross-purposes, and
> b) you simply haven't thought through the consequences.
I must admit that I'm with Sebastian on this one, assuming he means what
he says. Interchangeability seems to me to be more important than the
TEI gives it credit for*, and I would really like to see more
encouragement for users to stick to standard TEI schemas (along with
tutorials and examples showing them how to do it) in place of
encouragement that they leap into customization at the first sense that
the standard tagsets won't do exactly what they want. I'd like to see
the main use of ODDs turn out to be for the removal of unused tags and
attributes, leaving documents that still do validate against 'tei_all'.
Customizing schemas is now wonderfully easy through Roma (with some
exceptions, such as Ron's experience), while figuring out how to use
what's already there is, often, wonderfully hard. The TEI By Example
project may help a lot there, but I know there have been cases in the
past where I've made customizations I didn't need to make because I
couldn't figure out from the guidelines how to do what I was trying to do.
* I think interchangeability matters because the long-term survival of
our documents will depend, not on whether humans can figure out from
their ODD files how to use them, but whether automated systems can use
them. If the majority of TEI documents twenty years from now use
customized schemas that mean that they can't easily be used by automated
systems, then I fear TEI will end up obsolete.
Out of interest, how many other users feel the same?