Text only | Skip links
Skip links||IT Services, University of Oxford

1. Summary

  • Now that it's all in TEI XML, what next?
  • Varieties of XML delivery system
  • Some real life examples

2. A reminder: what is XML for?

  • exchanging data
    1. between people
    2. between people and machines
    3. between machines
  • preserving information
    1. independent of particular applications
    2. independent of medium or hardware

But is XML any good as a means of delivering information?

3. What are the options?

  • for delivery:
    • transform into HTML on the server and deliver that
    • deliver XML; use clever client-side processing to handle it
  • for management:
    • the filesystem
    • a content management system
    • a database
  • for tools development:
    • generic digital library solutions
    • LAMP style toolkit
    • roll-your-own solutions

4. Some real life examples

5. XTF meets Mr Punch

  • Extensible Text Framework or XTF (http://www.cdlib.org/inside/projects/xtf/) is a collection of server-side scripts from the California Digital Library
  • If you are already running Apache and Tomcat, and have access to a website, you can set up a default xtf application for TEI files in 5 minutes
  • (more or less)
  • Library model


6. Conclusions

  • even the simplest of approaches allows you to share your encoding, your analysis
  • the more ambitious your markup, the more sophisticated the possibilities
  • there is a common set of techniques and tools: you don't need to re-invent the wheel
  • TEI XML empowers the data provider: you determine what can be done with your materials

Lou Burnard. Date: July 2008
Copyright University of Oxford