4.0371 Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines Available (1/74)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 7 Aug 90 20:57:53 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 0371. Tuesday, 7 Aug 1990.

Date: 7 August 1990 17:18:07 CDT
From: "Michael Sperberg-McQueen 312 996-2477 -2981" <U35395@UICVM>
Subject: Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines available


The Steering Committee of the ACH/ACL/ALLC Text Encoding Initiative is
happy to announce that its first draft Guidelines for the Encoding and
Interchange of Machine Readable Texts are now available. The Text
Encoding Initiative, which is sponsored by the Association for Computers
and the Humanities, the Association for Computational Linguistics, and
the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, has prepared
these Guidelines over the past two years and will test and revise them
during the next two years.

The Guidelines take the form of a 300-page report containing:

* a description of the TEI project
* a gentle introduction to SGML
* recommendations concerning the representation of divers
character sets for interchange purposes
* proposals for a standard `electronic titlepage'
* tagsets for features common to most text types
* tagsets for features of some specific text types
* tagsets for representing detailed linguistic analyses
* recommendations for ways of extending the guidelines
* examples and SGML Document Type Definitions (DTDs)

Parts of the Guidelines were presented in preliminary form earlier this
year at the annual conferences of the ALLC/ACH and the ACL in Siegen
(Germany) and Pittsburgh (USA) respectively. This is however the first
full publication of the Guidelines, and marks the end of the first phase
of the TEI's work.

The second phase, which will continue until June 1992, will be marked
(it is hoped) by extensive public discussion of the initial proposals
set out in this first public draft, which we expect to distribute as
widely as possible. At least one, and probably two, interim drafts are
likely before the final version of the Guidelines is published in 1992:
we expect to change a lot of what is in the current version, and to add
even more.

What goes in, and what gets changed, will be determined to a very large
extent by the feedback that this draft provokes. The four working
committees of the TEI have taken a year to formulate the proposals it
contains: no one associated with the project is however so immodest as
to believe that our current draft provides an answer for every text
encoding problem. However, we believe that it does provide a set of
basic notions and a viable framework, within which, with your help, the
real work is now about to begin.

The present draft is available on request from the following addresses:

(in Europe) Lou Burnard, OUCS, 13 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN
fax +44 (865) 273275

(in North America) C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Computer Center (M/C 135),
University of Illinois at Chicago, Box 6998, Chicago IL 60680
fax +1 (312) 996-6834
email U35395@UICVM (Bitnet) or U35395@uicvm.cc.uic.edu (Internet)

There is no charge for the first copy sent to any one address. Further
copies will be charged at 15 pounds or $30, payable in advance, by
cheque / check to the appropriate institution (OUCS or UIC).
Redistribution of the draft is encouraged, provided that it is
reproduced in full with due acknowledgment and not sold for profit.

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-Michael Sperberg-McQueen
ACH / ACL / ALLC Text Encoding Initiative
University of Illinois at Chicago