Konrad Adenauer was fond of saying “man muss die Menschen nehmen wie sie kommen, dene es gibt keine anderen” or ‘you must take people as they come for there are no others,;’ If I think of people in my domain—English Literature—and imagine them doing something with TEI, I’m pretty sure that most of them would not want to start their experience with TEI by editing an ODD, and if you insisted on that you’d drive most of them away. They want to have something that “just works.” And as they work with it they gradually understand how this whole thing works. I think that Martin Holmes is closer to the experience of most people when he puts the emphasis on first doing and gradually understanding as you work with it. Since I’ve just spent ten days observing the linguistic habits of two two-year-old grandchildren, I’m inclined to think that “learning by doing” runs pretty deep in the human genome.
Horace praises Homer for taking the reader “medias in res” rather than starting “ab ovo.” I would start with encoding “Mary had a little lamb”—a surprisingly complex structure—rather than with editing an ODD.
On 7/11/16, 9:06 AM, "TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) public discussion list on behalf of Lou Burnard" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:
Another essential feature for me would be the ability to access a
pre-scripted sequence of transformations etc. in the way that oXygen
currently does when generating RNG and XHTML from an ODD file. It's
currently done with an Ant script, but any scripting language will do. I
routinely do an exercise which involves editing an ODD, generating a
schema, using it to create a new file, e da capo. This is easy and
seamless in oXyGen: doing it via the oXGarage web interface would be
cumbersome and confusing.
I'm less persuaded of the essentialness of being able to package things
up in an oXyGen project file. For me, this is something that comes later
on in a project, when its constituents are more stable: it's not
something I'd expect beginners to be exposed to. Beginners need to know
what the various components of the process are, not be protected from them.