Though fairly new at actually using the TEI, I am undertaking several
projects that present challenges. I hope this group can provide advice
or pointers to existing examples that could help us.
Our current tools are WP 8, A/E, DynaToys (Windows and UNIX flavours).
The projects are:
1) Bach cantatas: a faculty member has done a massive translation of the
Bach cantatas and would like to consider an electronic (web-available)
version. He is interested in a parallel text and has many footnotes to
deal with as well. He has been talking to someone who says
"HTML/frames/separate file for each footnote." I would like to encourage
him to consider a different approach. :-)
I see that section 14.4 of the TEI P3 Guidelines discusses
correspondence and alignment which appears to fit the bill, but I'm
concerned about the online display possibilities. Can I massage a
DynaWeb stylesheet to display the German linked to the translation? Has
anyone done a similar text using DynaText/DynaWeb? Is it possible? I've
looked for examples at the TEI projects site but have come up
empty-handed. Building our own interface is not really an option.
Also, what about footnotes? Endnotes would do as well but there is the
question of flipping back and forth between the text proper and the
notes. Am I talking about file entities or xptr's? What should I watch
out for if I want to migrate this thing to XML?
2) Our Special Collections has been encoding Finding Aids using the EAD
but would now like to expand into tagging actual items in the
collection. The first project is a series of 150-200 letters. We've been
going through the list of elements picking those that seem appropriate
but would appreciate advice from anyone who has tagged collections of
correspondence. What kinds of things should we watch out for? What
elements might we miss?
3) I am digitizing the works of a little known 19th century American
author (Alice B. Neal Haven--for a look at the fledgling site see
http://22.214.171.124:6336/dynaweb/). Among the things I would like to
tag in her work are proverbs and proverbial phrases. Right now I'm using
the <seg> element. Is this appropriate or is there a better way?
- Hope Greenberg
University of Vermont