Pointy brackets for poets: Can an English Major Use XML?

Syd Bauman

Northeastern University

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Pointy brackets for poets: Can an English Major Use XML?

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2017
August 1 - 4, 2017

Abstract

For nearly thirty years the Women Writers Project has been training university students in the humanities to encode SGML and XML documents and to edit marked up texts, without the WYSIWYG interfaces that are sometimes thought to be absolutely essential for domain experts interacting with marked up data. A historical survey of the tools and training methods used in the project will be followed by an attempt to identify what can be learned from the project’s experience: what works, what doesn’t work, and what (we think) are the ideal circumstances for teaching XML.