Every now and then the question comes up, "if I have a question using
the TEI encoding scheme, how do I get help?" As many of you know, the
usual response, from those of us on the receiving end of this question,
is "Post the question to TEI-L." Thanks to the generosity of many of
TEI-L's readers, questions on TEI-L almost always get prompt,
informative, correct answers, answers, whether they are about the TEI
proper, or how to make it work with a given software package.
On the other hand, every now and then one may have a problem which
is really rather technical, and may require an awful lot of back and
forth discussion which may be of only marginal interest for many
readers of TEI-L, who may not be vitally interested in the nuances
of SGML parsing and the like. Many people are understandably shy
about burdening the inboxes of everyone subscribed to TEI-L with very
specialized queries --- and while I like to remind everyone that many
apparently specialized questions have very wide ramifications of very
general interest, nevertheless there *are* some topics that are of
restricted, rather than general, interest.
As many readers of this list know, there *is* a second TEI discussion
list, which is intended for the discussion of just such specialized
topics. It is called TEI-TECH, and it provides a home for technical
(i.e. not necessarily general-interest) discussion of SGML and the TEI.
It hasn't received a lot of use lately, but I have been asked to remind
people that it exists, in part to ensure that those with technical
questions know there is a place they can direct them. Syd Bauman of
the Women Writers Project has volunteered to start discussion by
posting a couple of meaty questions he's run up against.
To subscribe to TEI-TECH, follow normal listserv procedure: send
mail to [log in to unmask] containing the single line
subscribe tei-tech J. Doe
(substituting your name for 'J. Doe').
The TEI-TECH list is unmoderated, and open to the public. I hope to
see many of you there.
-C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
ACH / ACL / ALLC Text Encoding Initiative
University of Illinois at Chicago
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"Clarity, Precision and Ease of use does not mean Confinement, Verbosity
and Futility." -Jean Pierre Gaspart