> Working with TEI in the last years gave me the impression that SGML/TEI
> is not a good format for the end user. The limited capabilities and the
> high price policy of the browser software forbids its use in the
MultiDoc Pro is $245 a copy (commercial rate), less for academia I think.
This looks to me like the same kind of price you'd pay for any
midrange PC/Win software.
WordPerfect Suite 8 has full SGML built in (OK, so it's an editor not a
browser...but you can use it very successfully to view SGML files, and
the stylesheet is quite powerful). It costs about $199 but they do a
free 90-day test which could be used by those who only want it
transiently. Suite 9 will have XML as well and will be available for
Linux as well as Windows.
I agree it would be nice to have it all free: the DocZilla browser
under development by Netscape and Citec will also support SGML, and is
currently free but alpha.
> academic world. On the other hand I do think that TEI is the best
> storage format for electronic editions. In our publication of the text
> of the young Goethe we therefore put a Teilite version of the text on
> the cd-rom (without software) and a version of the text with software,
> which probably will be outdated in 10 years. I still hope that XML will
> change this situation. Does anybody know whether the long announced work
> on a conversion/adaption of the TEI dtds to XML dtds has begun, whether
> a working group has started on this task or whether P. Bonhomme's trial
> version is still the only thing around? Fotis Jannidis
As far as I know it hasn't started. I and a lot of others have looked at
it, and converting large and complex SGML DTDs to XML is _hard_
> PS: Anybody interested in the Edition of the young Goethe and the
> duplication of the text can find more information on the web:
> http://www.jgoethe.uni-muenchen.de. (just in German, sorry)
Leiden or Freuden like young Werther? Or more like Nikolai? :-)