Complessità della codifica ed ergonomia strumentale nel contesto XML-TEI: dove siamo?
Keywords:edizione digitaleXML-TEIeditor XML-TEImodellizzazione della codificaergonomia XML-TEI
The aim of this paper is, first of all, to offer on overview of the problems related to the production of XML-TEI files and it summarizes the experience gained in the realization of a digital edition project financed by a Marie Curie Fellowship (DigiFlorimont, grant n° 745821). The tools are in fact still far from being ergonomic. The issue is crucial as the instrumental gap affects both the spread of digital publishing and the quality of the proposed textual encoding. The risk is to continue producing a "simplified encoding with complex tools" when, after decades of practice, we should rather produce a "complex encoding with simplified tools". The DigiFlorimont project involved the creation of an XML-TEI editor-prototype that generates the code automatically starting from a symbolic syntax (inspired by the Markdown model) applied to a .txt file associated with a .csv file. Thanks to this tool, it was possible to create a very complex encoding XML-TEI according to a textual model conceived as a words database, ready to be used for other analyzes beyond the specific objectives of the production context. These technical reflections also aim to clarify the role of the "digital philologist": he is a philologist charged of disseminating within the academic community a philoligically and informatically correct text, "ready for use", according to a scholarly model of progressive capitalization of the analysis work.