>Still, if we give up the goal of interoperability as a central, even
>primary, goal of the TEI, then I see no reason:
>* to use it,
>* for any institution to support it, or
>* for any granting agency to recommend its use.
>Without a goal of interoperability, I might as well create my own tags
>that won't force me to spend a lot of time looking for the appropriate
>tag for the textual feature I wish to identify.
This puts the case as forcefully as I have seen it put. I wish the revised
version of the Guidelines for the use of TEI in Libraries had taken a leaf
from it. They are wishy-washy in that regard, and barely try. But if
substantial interoperability is not a goal, why bother in the first place?
Doug makes that point very forcefully.
Interoperability, like community, is a noun in the imperative mode. It
does not exist in the indicative.