> I don't actually think so. If I'm encoding the document, I'm encoding MY
> theory of the text, not the TEI's theory of it, and if I think my text
> consists of a <div> that has a <head>, a brief paragraph with some kind
> of motif or whatever, and then another <head>, I think I should be able
> to do that.
Sounds like your motif is one of a class of objects the TEI classifies as model.divTop,
and which includes <head>. So you are not disagreeing with the TEI,
and it supports what you want to do.
> the overriding question for me is why
> the TEI should be so resistant to loosening up such restrictions, more
> or less as soon as anyone demonstrates a need for them.
I don't think the TEI _is_ "so resistant". Feature requests come in, they are looked
at by the Council as is right and proper, and usually agreed to once its clear
(often after dialogue with the originator) that a) the need is genuine, not a misunderstanding,
and b) it does not break anything. The number of occasions when the TEI Elder Statesmen
say "pshaw! that does not correspond to Our Theory of Text" is really rather small.
> On the other hand, allowing all tags everywhere would be a kind of
> anarchy, I suppose, and Sebastian's job maintaining the stylesheets
> would be impossible.
because I deal in presentation, often to HTML, what confuses me is when things cross
the boundary in unforeseen ways between the broad groups of div-like, block-like, inline, and floating.
If suddenly one has to allow for <div> inside <del>, it's pretty unpleasant. And what really makes
me sweat is recursive things like
<p> .. <note> <p>.... <q>... <p> ... <q> .<note>...</note>..</q> ...</p> ...</q> ... </p> .. </note> .. </p>
which I am sure is legal TEI (and almost certainly used in TCP texts :-} ) - the problem there is the lack
of clues over how <note> and <q> are to be regarded in presentation.
But I do like Julia's point that people merely mining a <TEI> for all occurrences
of <persName> is an entirely reasonable usecase, and an occasion when
content model restrictions are not needed
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