Hello all,

I am interested in seeing web apps develop to support TEI. I haven't had a chance to check out the XQuery tool someone mentioned here, though I did a little work on my own (at http://brettz9.github.com/xqueryeditor/ ) utilizing the XQIB library in more of a proof of concept (though one for which I have a perhaps vain hope of finding time to develop it into something more).

Besides being written using web standards, I would hope such a tool could obtain TEI texts in a central, open repository. While there may be some custom initiatives to bring TEI to the web, my thinking was that it might be more effective for open (and especially potentially collaborative markup) projects to use an HTML5 serialization which preserves all of the semantic data, especially as it would allow texts to be shared without need for tools supporting stylesheets. While microformats and RDFa seem to still be around, it looks more like microdata is going to win out. Microdata offers a systematic way to include the TEI namespace (albeit with instead of an xmlns attribute) and besides the itemprop global attributes, the HTML5 spec also specifically now allows <meta/> and <link/> in the document body which I think should be rich enough to define an official means of serializing TEI into HTML (and if contenting oneself to a subset of HTML, serializing back into TEI).  But whatever could get consensus I think could work.

I think such a serialization would offer such benefits as:

a) It would not require customizable software to be previewed; TEI texts could be made available at public sites such as Wikisource or sites based on the same Mediawiki software, assuming https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=28776 would be implemented (something more likely to be possible than expecting the less familiar and non-historically-web-oriented language TEI to be accepted). The texts could thus be previewed as structured HTML+CSS, allowing for conveniently succinct wiki markup to be used to create such documents, while still allowing incremental improvements (and revision control and history) to the semantic mark-up as well.

b) It would be encoded in the format already most familiar to the web community, albeit enhanced, in a standardly outlined manner, by TEI-based semantic markup. It does add the additional burden that mark-up creators must learn both HTML and TEI (though applications could utilize TEI as the primary format, converting back to HTML when sending text to the wikis, and merely storing HTML on the wiki)

c) Search engines such as Google (see http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=99170 ) can discover such markup in a semantically-aware manner.

Does something like this interest anyone else?

I don't know whether it ought to be done as a modification of the default TEI stylesheets, a simpler more predictable format (e.g., using divs for pretty much everything rather than native HTML like blockquote), a schema or what. Feedback on the idea is most welcome....

Best wishes,
Brett