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Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 211–231 | Cite as

Hierarchical encoding of text: Technical problems and SGML solutions

  • David T. Barnard
  • Lou Burnard
  • Jean-Pierre Gaspart
  • Lynne A. Price
  • C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
  • Giovanni Battista Varile
Part IV: Special Encoding Mechanisms

Abstract

One recurring theme in the TEI project has been the need to represent non-hierarchical information in a natural way — or at least in a way that is acceptable to those who must use it — using a technical tool that assumes a single hierarchical representation. This paper proposes solutions to a variety of such problems: the encoding of segments which do not reflect a document's primary hierarchy; relationships among non-adjacent segments of texts; ambiguous content; overlapping structures; parallel structures; cross-references; vague locations.

Key words

TEI SGML encoding problems hierarchical encoding 

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Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • David T. Barnard
    • 1
  • Lou Burnard
    • 2
  • Jean-Pierre Gaspart
  • Lynne A. Price
    • 3
  • C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
    • 4
  • Giovanni Battista Varile
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information ScienceQueen's UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Oxford University Computing ServiceOxfordEngland
  3. 3.Frame Technology Corp.San JoseUSA
  4. 4.Computer CenterUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Commission of the European CommunitiesUK

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