Using XML to generate research tools for Wittgenstein scholars by collaborative groupwork

Description: This website contains the outcomes and developmental history of an international research project using XML. A sample file from the literary estate of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, known as MS101, containing philosophical and personal remarks from September 1914, was converted to XML with reference to the TEI Guidelines. A series of XSL stylesheets were prepared for output in XHTML and PDF. Particular attention was given to how MS101 could be hyperlinked to external resources, and how the complexity of these links could be controlled and filtered according to the interests of the user. The final outcomes illustrate how output files can be generated dynamically on demand according to user preferences.

Implementation description: The intended audience includes both philosophers and text encoders, but also anyone who has a principal interest in electronic publishing.

Other Related Resources: Bases: Prose Toppings: linking, figures, transcr, textcrit, names.dates Entity set: ISO Latin 1 (Western European languages) Modification files selected: wab.extensions.ent and wab.extensions.dtd which includes some extensions to TEI which are called poly element encoding.

Access : There is copyright on the source materials. The project is made possible through an agreement with the Wittgenstein Trustees, Oxford University Press and Trinity College Library.


Alois Pichler
Wittgenstein Archives Allegaten 27, N-5007 Bergen, Norway Research Group for Text Technology at the Department of culture, language and information technology (AKSIS)at Unifob AS at University of Bergen
Tel: +47-55-589474
Fax: +47-55-589470

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