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An XML Schema for Shakespeare's Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0049  Saturday, 18 February 2006

From: 		Peter Paolucci <
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Date: 		Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 15:07:42 -0500
Subject: 	An XML Schema for Shakespeare's Plays

I'm currently embarked on a rather large research project, here at York 
University.  I want to create a comprehensive XML schema for 
Shakespeare's plays, and then apply the schema in an online prototype. 
The schema will conform to TEI standards where possible and appropriate, 
and exceed them where necessary.  Creating a DTD will not give us the 
versatility we want, so we have moved to a schema instead.  The textual 
variants will conform to accepted best practices in editing Shakespeare.

The resource we are building will accommodate variorum editions, but 
will also readily allow for *any* one of the textual variants to be 
designated as the baseline text.  However, our schema will go beyond 
textual variations (although these alone are very complex) and will 
accommodate tagging by special scholarly interest groups such as 
linguists, directors, actors, critics (literary, philosophical, 
cultural, psychological, historical, etc etc), media enhancement 
specialists, librarians, book collectors, translations into other 
languages, and others.

Users will be able to launch a very wide range of queries into the 
plays, and will be able to search by combining parameters that include 
grammatical, linguistic, dramatic, critical, and other categories, in a 
variety of permutations and configurations.  Our tagging will be done 
manually.  Such a process is time-consuming, but we argue, unavoidable.

The reporting or output will be flexible enough to be put into different 
WWW formats online, and of course, because of the XML, to be output into 
different media.

We have begun to synergize the expertise of literary critics, editors, 
librarians, and database programmers.  I'd be interested to learn of any 
comparable projects out there, and of any possibilities for partnering.

I also wonder though, how the SHAKSPER readership would react to such a 
resource.

Peter Paolucci, Ph.D.
Academic Advisor, Stong College
Department of English
314 Stong College

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