> > 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.
You are quite right, there are many ways to author SGML documents and
some of them are even free (perl, emacs ..), but the distribution of
large SGML encoded test corpora to the end user still seems to be a
problem. For larger texts you can't use a browser which doesn't rely on
one or more indices. But SGML software which does this, like Inso's
Dynatext, is comparatively slow and far too expensive. Expensive not only
concerning the authoring software but also in regard to the fee you have
to pay for each cd-rom you produced (Multidoc says on its website:
$3.500 per 100 licence, that's $35 for one).
We used in our young Goethe edition Folioviews by Opentext (as did the
Norwegian Wittgenstein project) and our publisher can give away 2 books
with 1500 pages plus a cd-rom for $50 (88 DM). This is the more
materialistic side of electronic editing but I do think that next to
open standards the price is an important factor to determine how useful
our editions can be. I very much hope this situation will change to the
better with XML. I am very much interested in other and different
solutions for the browser and distribution side of TEI documents
especially of larger corpora and would be grateful for any reports.
Dr. Fotis Jannidis
Institut fuer Deutsche Philologie
LM Universitaet Muenchen, Germany