14.0368 markup, encoding, content-modelling, primitives

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Date: 10/17/00

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 368.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
       [1]   From:    lachance@chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)      (18)
             Subject: Re: 14.0362 terminological questions
       [2]   From:    "J. Randolph Radney" <radney@twu.ca>                (14)
             Subject: primitives
             Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 09:49:44 +0100
             From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)
             Subject: Re: 14.0362 terminological questions
    Would a third term help?
    	Content modeling
    Markup would cover the actualization of encoding principles in an
    instance. (aka as "tagging")
    Encoding would cover working out the relationships between the various
    elements, attributes, entities of a markup scheme.
    Content modeling would cover the analysis of the document set and the
    information needs of the end-users as well as the information
    interchange environment.
    It becomes interesting to have students generate a table that places these
    three alongside the "format, structure, content" trio (see Colby and
    Jackson _Using SGML_ (1996) p. 35 ff) and watch the dialogue and
    discussion grow as they exchange the results and discover their own
    understanding of form and the malleability of textual artefacts.
             Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 09:51:11 +0100
             From: "J. Randolph Radney" <radney@twu.ca>
             Subject: primitives
    I wonder whether our search for "methodological primitives" might be helped
    by more of a focus on what might be termed methodological gestalts. This
    wondering also has reference to some messages that query the assumption of
    circuitry as foundational to our human existence. What if we do not think
    of things as built up from bits but rather instantiation of wholes?
    In my own speciality, I approach linguistics with the understanding that
    social interaction provides the entry point for investigation of language
    behaviour. At a philosophical level, I operate under the assumption that
    person represents an intersubjective interface with world via immediate
    context. This may be quite commonplace in the present scholarly environs (I
    feel very much the "junior" to the rest of you), but where it leads me is
    much more in the direction of "top-down" processing, rather than
    All the best to all of you on this fine Canadian Thanksgiving Day!

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