As some of you may know, there is an active proposal to add support for genetic editions / genetic editing to TEI at http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Council/Working/tcw19.html
For those of you who're unfamiliar with genetic editions / genetic editing, it's a critical approach grounded in the French and German critical traditions, but there's an English-language definition at https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Genetic_editing [I'm the main author of that, corrections, updates or additions welcome, jump straight in]
There was considerable discussion of the proposal at the recent face-to-face and some on the tei-council mailing list (archives are at http://lists.village.virginia.edu/pipermail/tei-council/2011/thread.html , my earlier feedback is at http://lists.village.virginia.edu/pipermail/tei-council/2011/012907.html ), but I was contacted off-list by a community member enquiring when this would be up for discussion on this list, which is why I posting this here rather than the (public but lower profile) tei-council list.
My questions are:
(A) The novel The Master of Go (see https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/The_Master_of_Go ) is a novel-based retelling of a board game. The playing surface on which the original game was played is clearly a "surface" and the original telling of the story; could it potentially also be manuscript in the genetic editions sense and a <surface/> in the sense of the current proposal?
(B) Certain writing media (blackboards, whiteboards, clay tablets in some traditions) are designed to hold a long series of independent manuscripts each of which is erased (more-or-less) completely before the next is inscribed. Does such an erasure create a new <surface/> ? A new <zone/> on the same <surface/>?
(C) Both version control systems (such as subversion/svn which the TEI community uses) and genetic editing arrange files/manuscripts versions in tree-like structures. Other than talking about digital files and diffs rather than manuscripts and zones, do they differ in other ways? This question is important because if we can map concepts between the two, then a great deal of temporal logic research becomes usable on our TEI representations and building interesting tools much easier.
(D) All the examples I have seen seem to assume that a writing surface is single sided, but I've seen a number of instances where due to thin paper or physical damage the two surfaces of a sheet of paper interact. Is this handled in genetic editing and/or this proposal?
(D) Can writing on non-straight lines (see http://www.pkahn.org/publicImages/thumb_sun-dial.jpeg for a common usage of such writing) be encoded using the proposal?
(E) Do the values of zone/@rotate relative to their enclosing context, or are they absolute? If relative, can we implement circular / spiral writing using nested <zone/>s, one letter per <zone/>?
(F) In a number of places in the proposal SVG is mentioned, is the plan to use SVG 1.1 or wait until SVG 2.0 some time after June 2013? (see http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/WG/wiki/Roadmap )