In-Reply-To: MSM's post of Thu 23 May 96 18:37 CDT, itself a reply to
"TEI for descriptive work" posted Thu 23 May 96 17:42 CDT
As one of those "others" who have "repeatedly noted that they want them
[tags to describe tagging] for the header, at least", I am happy to post
the Women Writers Project's interim solution. Our internal
documentation, which discusses TEI tags at length, is written using an
extended TEILite DTD. The extension was to add the elements ATT, ENT,
and VAL. (TEILite already has GI and EG.)
When writing plain, un-marked-up prose (as in e-mail), I have a
partial system for indicating particular SGML constructs.
* An ELEMENT is written in all caps.
* An attribute= of an element has an equal sign suffixed.
* A "value" of an attribute is delimited by double quotes.
* An entity 'name' is delimited by single quotes.
And, just as in the core concrete syntax:
* A complete start tag (gi optionally w/ attributes and their
values) is delimited by "<" and ">".
* An entity reference is delimited by "&" and ";".
One advantage of this system is that it differentiates between
elements and tags, which TEILite does not. (I should admit up front
that I have been known to goof and reverse the roles of single and
double quotes. Also that I have been waffling on how to represent
a modified element, e.g. 'DIV type="chapter"'.)