If you want others to be able to write graffiti on a base text then you
need to add referencing hooks to it. If the base text is fluid (i.e. has
a variant textual tradition) then that adds another layer of complexity.
Perhaps a good starting point would be to mark up every word of an
authoritative base text with a <w id="someID"> element.

Once the referencing hooks are there then you can add stand off markup.
It would be a good thing to have a tool that does this: one person could
add graffiti and another could say "Show me all the comments on this
phrase by person XYZ". Actually, the tool could be responsible for
adding the hooks to the selected base text. Just thinking aloud.


Tim Finney

On Sun, 2008-08-17 at 20:10 +0200, Peter Boot wrote:
> Eric Lease Morgan schreef:
> > Moreover, what if some sort of tool, widget, or system were created
> > that allowed anybody to add commentary to texts in the form of TEI
> > mark-up. Do you think this would be feasible? Useful?
> This is certainly interesting. It is something that many people have
> experimented with, but I don't think there are at present really
> satisfactory tools for doing something like this. One of the things
> you'll have to decide on is whether to store your annotations in the
> text, somewhere in the back of your document, or in external documents.
> Another issue is how you want to present the text to be annotated to the
> user: in raw XML, the user may have trouble orienting himself, so you
> may want to apply a (css? xslt?) stylesheet (that should be sufficiently
> generic to cover most of the annotated files). But this requires your
> widget to interact with a browser or other application that knows how to
> render xml using a stylesheet. Another question is whether potential
> users will trust your system sufficiently to save their work
> (annotations represent work) in the system.
> Any experimentation in this area is useful, I believe.
> Peter