Symposium on Markup Vocabulary Customization

Markup Vocabulary Customization
a Balisage pre-conference symposium

Monday, 29 July 2019
Cambria Hotel, Rockville, MD USA

Many shared XML vocabularies are built to be customized. Users are provided with a vocabulary, a grammar, and some documentation; various aspects of any or all of these may be modifiable by the user. Customization mechanisms often include methods to:

Not all vocabularies provide all customization capabilities, and they frequently provide them via different mechanisms.

This symposium will examine various customization mechanisms and their ecosystems. How are structures added, subtracted, or changed? Are customization tools provided? Is there support for documenting customizations? Can a user know which customizations would “break” the tool or vocabulary? Can you easily compare a customization to the base vocabulary? To another customization?

Experts on several well-known XML markup vocabularies for textual documents will compare and contrast the customization mechanisms those provide, followed by an interactive session in which panelists answer questions on customization from the attendees.

Languages will include:

Bring Vocabulary Customization Challenges

The vocabulary experts will attempt to make ad hoc vocabulary customizations suggested by symposium attendees, live, on stage, without a net! Bring challenges to pose to these experts.

Chair: Syd Bauman, Northeastern University DSG