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Humanist Archives: June 12, 2021, 7:10 a.m. Humanist 35.85 - obsolescence of markup

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 85.
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        Date: 2021-06-11 19:20:09+00:00
        From: Dr. Herbert Wender <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.77: obsolescence of markup

Dear Manfred,

I'm not known as a defender of XML/TEI strategies but what you say in your blog
about "strings, which are mixtures of standard characters, graphics of strange
wiggles of the pen and names of glyphs, which are recognizably standardized"
cannot be taken as an argument against markup as a means of scientific
communication (which is IMHO best suited to differentiate between different
sources of information resp. knowledage). I would recommend to contact the
organizers of the 2020 IDE workshop, "Die (hyper-)diplomatische Transkription 
und ihre Erkenntnispotentiale" or to talk with the keynote speakers there, Andrea 
and Wernfried Hofmeister(-Winter) about the possibilities to combine 
hyper-diplomatic transcriptions with standard markup technology.

To come seriously to the point of 'interpretation' in and about humanities'
textually captured sources I would propose to take into account arguments
discussed in other contexts:

"In her seminal essay, Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display, Johanna
Drucker points out that visualization design for the humanities has still not
properly accommodated the nature of humanities scholarship. Given, as she says,
that all data is actually capta, current approaches to data visualization are
misleading in that they suggest more certainty and stability than is actually
the case." [1]

Eventually we can compare the framwork of textual markup with the criticized
framework of standard visualizations, and the genuinly suggestive effects too.

Kind regards, Herbert

[1] Radzikowska, M., & Ruecker, S. (2020, June 1). “Capta by Juxtaposition: A
Rich-Prospect Approach to the Visualization of Information.” [Presentation].
The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/ Société canadienne des humanités
numériques (CSDH/SCHN) annual conference at the 2020 Congress of the Social
Sciences and Humanities (moved online due to COVID19).

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