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Humanist Archives: Dec. 12, 2019, 9:01 a.m. Humanist 33.488 - an ontology of microtypography

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        Date: 2019-12-11 09:22:31+00:00
        From: Frederike Neuber 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.479: an ontology for palaeography

Dear Paolo, dear Peter,

I don't even have a direct answer to your question about a Hjelmslevian
ontology, but developed an ontology of microtypography (for the time around
1900). This ontology also consists of different concepts or abstraction
levels of writing, for example protograph, letter, type, allograph,
grapheme and archigrapheme. I formalized this ontology in RDF/OWL and
implemented it in the context of a digital edition based on texts in
XML/TEI. The main goal of my work was to make different fonts visible (and
interpretable) in their text contexts and to explore the transfer of
type/font/typeface features across types/fonts/typefaces. Ontology and
prototype will be published in spring.

Of course, typography and handwriting differ fundamentally at some points.
Nevertheless, there are also many overlapping points, so I would be
interested in a discussion as well. Please keep me updated.


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