Proposal: Learn to Tag Borrowers & Lenders

Proposed Breakout Session: Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar will introduce workshop participants to the process of encoding data and publishing Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation.

Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation uses extensible mark-up language, or xml, to encode articles for publication online. This means, basically, that we encode strings of text according to what they are rather than how they should look. Whereas in HTML a “tagger” might indicate that the title of a long work (say, Shakespeare’s Hamlet) should appear in italics by using a pair of “tags” <i> and </i>, in our XML mark-up the title Hamlet is marked up as <titleoflongwork></titleoflong work>. This means that in turn all our tags are already defined in a document called the DTD, for Document Type Definition. The DTD tells the web interface how it should display something tagged as <titleoflongwork></titleoflongwork>, i.e., it should appear in italics.

We have additional deep tags for our rich multimedia, and Christy Desmet will also offer an instructive overview of the process of preserving and archiving multimedia, and some suggestions for “best practices” to avoid the disappearance of links, videos, and other media. — Sujata Iyengar and Christy Desmet

Remember to register for THATCamp Shakespeare 2017 by Monday, March 20th.