|From: "Ronald S. Wood" <[log in to unmask]>
|Subject: TEI usable for academic journals?
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|I am investigating the use of SGML for publishing an academic journal.
|Does anyone use some version of TEI for this purpose?
I have used TEI Lite (an application of the TEI) for several dozen
research papers, and also for two or three major reference works, over
the last few years. The TEI Guidelines themselves use the TEI scheme, of
|Since I don't have the documentation for the TEI DTDs, I don't know the
Take a look on the TEI web site (http://www-tei.uic.edu/orgs/tei/) for
pointers to where you can get some introductory tutorials, or indeed the
full 1400 page specification, over the web.
|full pros and cons of TEI for academic journals. If there are distinct
|disadvantages, are there any efforts underway or finished to define a
|standard DTD for academic journals? (Ease of use is an issue; we will be
|publishing in house, perhaps using Framemaker+SGML, with graduate
|students following a workflow guide.)
Ease of use is an important consideration when selecting software (you
might like to look at some cheaper alternatives for authoring); it's
less clear to me that it'S as important as -- say -- expressive power
when selecting a dtd.
|I would like to avoid creating a DTD just for our journal.
Good! Other dtds you might look for information on include the Majour
dtd, developed some time ago for a European journals project, but not I
think as widely taken up as it might have been; the Docbook dtd,
developed by the SGML Open consortium -- very good for technical
documentation. But I think the TEI should suit your needs OK, unless you
have complex requirements for formatting of e.g. maths and formulae (a
lot of work in applying SGML to this problem has been done by
scientific publishers, notably Elsevier). Why not take a look? This is
the forum to report any problems or difficulties you encounter...