10.0712 TACT problem? Cartesian questions?

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 17 Feb 1997 18:53:31 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 712.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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[1] From: Elisabeth.Burr@unidui.uni-duisburg.de (21)
Subject: Urgent Help needed with TACT 2.1

[2] From: Francois Lachance <lachance@chass.utoronto.ca> (30)
Subject: Cartesian Delight

Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 13:39:01 +0100
From: Elisabeth.Burr@unidui.uni-duisburg.de
Subject: Urgent Help needed with TACT 2.1

Dear Humanists,

TACT 2.1, according to the Manual offers the possibility to
exclude text from queries by negating references with ~ (Tilde),


a Query like:

love ; when ~ speaker Volp

should look for all instances of "love" except those appearing
in texts tagged as speaches of Volpone.

But it does not work.

As I have relied on this facility when tagging my corpus of
Romance languages and as I have to get my analysis going by
all means, please, could anyone help me solve this problem.

Thank you all very much in advance
Elisabeth Burr
Dr. phil. Elisabeth Burr
FB 3/Romanistik
Gerhard Mercator Universitaet-GH Duisburg
Lotharstrasse 65
47048 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 203 3792605
fax: +49 203 3792612
e-mail: Elisabeth.Burr@uni-duisburg.de

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 15:43:31 -0500 (EST)
From: Francois Lachance <lachance@chass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: Cartesian Delight


Conviviality breeds joy.

Or so it did when David Findlay, a Canadian video maker was savouring
strawberries and chocolate ice-cream just last week as we tried to
stave off the February blahs. I had outlined to David my
technical/intellectual problem:

achieving higher writability by automating spot-specific
linking on the WWW

David and I combined his experience from video and the reactions I had
collected here on Humanist to the proposal of creating CGI scripts to
handle requests to link.

We concluded that every spot in a document is locatable but may not be
marked. This was arrived at by abstracting the case of time code on a
video tape and cursor position in a text file to the general case of
coordinates. So we asked ourselves how could the fragment identifier <NAME>
attribute of the <A> element in HTML be used to find an unmarked-up
spot in a html file.

<A href="url#y,x">...</A>

y = vertical position or line number
, = separator
x = horizontal position or character number

This Cartesian nugget reverses the usual citing of elements usually found in
mathematical notation (x,y). I like to overdetermine the hatching of
this "winter strawberry" by considering two non(car)drivers living in a grid
city, both steeped in science-fiction and the memoirs of dyslexics,
sitting at a kitchen table exchanging with the free abandon of peers.

Now at this other kitchen table I come to ask should this idea be
submitted to a Request For Comment? If so, how?