At 04:05 PM 1/4/2007, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>Yes, if you like, we're discussing levels
>of interchangeability, and conformance
>is just some moral thing which more
>or less anyone can claim. But in that
>case, if I was the NEH or the AHRB, I'd
>stipulate sticking to a published
>and formal level of interchangeability
>when I handed money to a TEI project.
>So in effect it becomes conformance
>in the scary sense (ie it affects your
Well, FWIW, I think it's safe to say (of the NEH anyway) that they
aren't going to say "proposed projects in text encoding must be
'TEI-conformant' to be eligible". They are much more likely to ask
their reviewers to assess how well a given project proposal aims to
be conformant to or "compatible with" (in non-technical senses)
relevant standards in the field.
This allows them to weigh the consideration, and sit up and take
notice if a reviewer says "this proposal for electronic encoding of
18th-century gravestones is really cool but haven't the PIs ever
heard of TEI? They should do the research and come back next year
rather than ask for funding to duplicate the ground-breaking [ahem]
work of S. Rahtz".
(Or, more loosely, "there's no stated reason why this shouldn't be
fully compliant TEI".)
That is, NEH is smart enough to let innovators innovate, while
keeping an eye out for attempts at wheel-reinventing.
In view of this, I think "conformance" should effectively amount to
"just some moral thing which more or less anyone can claim". Why not?
This was the P3/P4 status quo, and it worked.
Of course, one might make that claim falsely, at which point it may
be up to others to draw attention to the nakedness of the pretend
emperor. (Again, the NEH is smart enough to know the difference
here.) But where's the good in having the rules be such that someone
who's actually quite properly outfitted according to the TEI dress
code is then rejected because their hat has the wrong label?
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