Don't have time for a complete response now (and others can do better
than I, anyway), but a few quick thoughts.
* This is correct forum.
* While you may find it useful to extend the TEI to cover some of
the things that interest you in more detail, it is probably a lot
easier to start with TEI as a base than to start from scratch.
(And, you may find you don't need to extend it.) That said,
learning TEI and how to extend it is non-trivial. Thus there are
those who find it easier to start from scratch.
* As for references to places appearing in the text, as long as you
can decide where the reference begins and ends, it really doesn't
matter what type of reference it is, you can probably encode it
with TEI out-of-the-box, and can certainly encode it with an
I.e., it doesn't matter if Metropolis is referred to as
"Metropolis" (which would be tagged with <name> or <placeName>),
"The Big Apricot" (which I would tag with <name type="nick">),
"The City of Tomorrow" (which I might tag with <rs>), or by
referring to Jimmy Olsen as a "Metropolan" (for which TEI doesn't
have a very good element -- either <rs>, <phr>, or <seg> could be
pressed into service, perhaps w/ type="demonym"). In all cases the
phrase that refers to it can be linked to a data structure
(encoded as a <place>, likely w/ type="fictional") that provides
information about it. Because they all refer to the same
structure, asking "find me all the phrases that refer to
Metropolis" means just asking "fins me all the XML elements linked
to this particular element", which is pretty easy to do.
Syd Bauman, EMT-Paramedic
Senior XML Programmer/Analyst
Northeastern University Women Writers Project
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