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quantities of data to be managed. Left-out text passages, or synopses, of content are filled by
the encoder.
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We have used an easily understandable set of elements and attributes to accomplish this. Using
attributes on each passage, not only can the user clearly reference the electronic facsimile, but also
the inner context of the print can be displayed.With this structure, various solution models are
put into effect. In the DTD project, we concentrated on citing the source itself during the encod-
ing.We did not incorporate additional editorial remarks such as commentary, clarification, or the
designation of themes and topoi. However, these can all be added within the TEI DTD scheme.
C o n c l u s i o n
One aim of the project was to define metadata models for individual genres specific to the
Baroque. In the initial stages we attempted to develop proprietary DTD's, but later discarded this
plan after intensive deliberation and discussion in favor of a TEI-based solution.The DTD of the
Text Encoding Initiative not only allows the entry of bibliographical and descriptive metadata
respectively into the TEI Header, but also facilitates the structural description of the source itself.
The TEI DTD is especially oriented toward the semantic structuring and encoding of source
material, and, thus, is particularly appropriate for rare books, including emblem books. A whole
host of scaling levels is possible.With a single format the TEI-DTD permits the maximum num-
ber of solutions for editions as well as the minimal rough structuring according to chapter or
merely pagebreaks.
This DTD, which has found wide international usage in electronic data processing in the
humanities,
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was adapted and specified to the requirements of the revised historical genres with-
in the framework of the project, while still retaining the accepted standards of the Guidelines of
TEI. By and large, we worked with the emblem books using a relatively simple model, which can
be expanded without disregarding the prescribed framework of the TEI DTD. Beyond that,TEI
expressly permits additions and supplements.With a parser, an automatic test can be performed
which checks whether the established data conforms to the rules.
In our DTD project we tested prototypical practical solutions of the structuring and indexing
of TEI DTD in XML-format for emblem books and the other four genres. In addition, stylesheets
and scripts were worked out which allow the data to be transformed to HTML and transferred
into a MySQL-database.With the development of standardized interfaces on the basis of widely
accepted formal standards such as XML and TEI, we hope to provide a terminological and syn-
tactical framework for further digital publications of emblem books on the Internet.
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See Thomas Stäcker, XML für
Alte Drucke - welche Erschließ-
ungspotentiale bietet die neue
Auszeichnungssprache?,
http://www.hab.de/bibliothek/
wdb/barockdtd/projektinfo.htm.
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For projects using TEI, see:
http://www.tei-c.org/Applications/
index-az.html.
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