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  1. I have authored several engineering textbooks. Up to now the author delivers a ready to print pdf to the publisher. Behind the pdf are a graphics program like Adobe Illustrator and writing software like MS Word, Adobe InDesign, or LaTeX. These components are under the full control of the author. He can manage the highly iterative process of creating a good textbook by drafting, checking and correcting, always seeing what later the reader will see. My questions refer to the case that the publisher introduces XML into his production process of textbooks. 1. What does the author have to supply then? 2. Which software does the author have to use/learn instead of LaTeX (or Word or InDesign) – the output of which may be input for XML? 3. Is there any advantage or relief to be expected from xml from the author's point of view compared to the xml-free way? 4. Does the mentioned quality assuring course of iterative drafting and correcting fit into an XML using publishing process? I would be glad if anyone would respond to my five (see p.s.) questions. If there are weblinks dealing with my concerns please advise. Best wishes xforu p.s. 5. Computer scientists probably jump for joy to manipulate xml with asp, attributes, children, css, dom, dtd, elements, html, javascript, metadata, nodes, parents, php, rdf, rss, siblings, subelements, tags, trees, well formation, wsdl, xslt, xlink, xpath, xpointer, xsd (to name just the tip of the iceberg). Is it advisable that a textbook writer who is focussed on his subject and on a depiction he has full control over, should immerse into this stuff?
  2. Hi all,I'm a student of the humanities and I'd never used xml till this morning. I'm trying to mark up some bibliographic information from an index card. Below is what I have so far. ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><TEI xmlns="http://www.tei-c.org/ns/1.0"><teiHeader> <fileDesc> <titleStmt> <title>Prof. Ruth Sherry Archive of Frank O'Connor material</title> </titleStmt> <publicationStmt> <p>Published as an exercise for University College Cork MA module EN6009 Contemporary Literary Research</p> </publicationStmt> <sourceDesc> <p>Archive from University College Cork Boole Library Special Collections</p> </sourceDesc> </fileDesc> <revisionDesc> <list> <item> <date>29 January 2014</date>first edition</item> </list> </revisionDesc></teiHeader> <text> <body> <bibl><author><name><persName><surname>Ruthven</surname><forename>K.K.</forename></persName></name></author> <title>Feminist Literary Studies: An Introduction</title> <date>1984</date> <publisher>Cambridge University Press</publisher> <pubPlace>Cambridge</pubPlace> </bibl> <lg> <l> K.K. Ruthven 1105</l> <l> Feminist Literary Studies:</l> <l> An Introduction</l> <l> Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press 1984</l> </lg> </body></text> </TEI> I want to insert an element that contains the information that this is index card number 1105 (ideally I'd like to convey that it is index card 1105 of 3200). I asked my lecturer how to do this in class but her response was a little hurried as we were just finishing up and I didn't get to try inserting the information till after class. I was told to put it in under either <text> or <body>, whichever would take it. She told me I should put the information in an <xml:id=""> tag but this is not legal. I can amend my <text> or <body> tag to include an xml:id, like so <text xml:id="indexCard"> but this doesn't seem appropriate. I suppose the attribution implies that the text is an index card, which is valid information but it says nothing of the number - the value I wish to convey. I tried simply defining an element like <indexCard>1105</indexCard> within my <text> tag or <body> tag but this is not permissible either. How do I define such an element and attribute it a value? There are a few other details I'd like to address also. Within my <bibl> tag I have a forename tag. It is illegal to change this to <initials> but the information I have is not strictly a forename and for the life of me I cannot find what the initials K.K. stand for! Is there a legal tag I can use instead which would be more accurate? Lastly, just a couple of formatting questions. How do I preserve white space? In Oxygen, when I switch from text to Author view, the white space I include in my text is collapsed to a single space. I would like to preserve the layout of the text as best as possible. Similarly, I wish to skip lines in my text section. If I leave an empty line tag <l></l>, it appears as a single bold letter l rather than a blank line. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please forgive (but do point out) any misuse of terminology. **EDIT: Never mind about the <forename> issue. I found out that it's Ken K. and also that it is acceptable to put initials under this tag.**
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