Pointy brackets for poets: Can an English Major Use XML?
Syd Bauman began working at the Women Writers Project in 1990. Although his title would have you believe that he is a computer programmer, Syd is fond of pointing out that he doesn’t write that much actual code; when he does, it is usually in XSLT, and his programs are always copylefted.
A large part of Syd’s job is teaching XML and TEI — and perhaps XPath and XSLT — to humanities students employed by the WWP and to scholars, librarians, and students around the world.
Syd became a hard-core computer user in 1982 and a devotee of descriptive markup two years later. He began using SGML and the TEI when he came to the Women Writers Project. From 2001 to 2007, Syd served as North American editor of the TEI, and he is currently on the TEI Technical Council.