On Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:59:56 +0000, Sebastian Rahtz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>I am not sure the formats are comparable
I am most interested in understanding which formats *are* comparable as feasible alternatives to be a base format. All other specialty formats were only mentioned to give an idea of what I have looked at to date.
>Mathml and svg are niche formats. Very useful if that is what you need
I came to the conclusion reading Chapter 14 of the guidelines that I will very likely need to make use of MathML (for some materials) and SVG (for most materials) for encoding formulae, charts and other figures. I will also have a need to encode complex tables and detailed linking.
>Nlm and dita anD docbook are for clear born digital materials
>Tei is for ... all the shock of non-digitAl originals
If I were to treat all materials as though that were born digital (it is the content that is important to me, not the original format in which it was published), would DITA and/or DocBook be possible candidates to be a base format from what you know of these formats?
> where you want to identify precise structure and there isn't ambiguity
>Tei is for when there is ambiguity
Can you elaborate on this concept of structural ambiguity? How does TEI in particular help handle/address this ambiguity?
>HTML is a compromise , which is perhaps best regarded as a rendering appearance
One of the issues causing me some confusion when comparing TEI with XHTML is that if XHTML is (for want of a better description) an XML version/extension of HTML and can be used to describe both document structure using div elements with the @class attribute, and document metadata, are there any specific advantages to using either schema over the other?
Am I correct in thinking that without modularity, XHTML would clearly be an inferior choice to TEI as a base format, but with modularity, flexibility to encode document structure and its relevance to EPUB and other web publishing that XHTML is a viable alternative?
>Of course you can crosswalk between all of the formats and represent , say, a modern article. But don't try to do a medieval ms in dita :-)
No medieval economics or financial markets materials in my collection. :)
>If in doubt stick with html, is my advice
Are you able to elaborate a little on your thoughts in this regard?