Class 3 Notes

Preliminary Class Business







1. What is "Text Encoding"? -- Setting Up the Question


Table 1 from Yin Liu article(Link to Yin Liu article) [instructor's annotated version]



Family tree of text-encoding markup languages


2. Your Text-Encoding Practicums

Folder of Student Work
















  • What are some things that are easy to do on paper that are hard to do on a Web page?
  • What are some things that are easy to do with a Web page that are hard to do with paper?












3. Text-Encoding and Literary Interpretation
















4. How Can Text-Encoding Extend or Change Literary Interpretation?


  • What is Michael Witmore saying in his "Text: A Massively Addressable Object" (2013) [instructor's annotated version]? 
    • "I would argue that a text is a text because it is massively addressable at different levels of scale. Addressable here means that one can query a position within the text at a certain level of abstraction.
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      One hundred years from now, the available computational objects may be related to one another in new ways. I can only imagine what these are: every fourth word in every fourth document....
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      Textuality is massive addressability. This condition of texts is realized in various manifestations, supported by different historical practices of reading and printing. The material affordances of a given medium put constraints on such practices....We cannot, in a Borgesian mood, query all of the possible datasets that will appear in the fullness of time.
  • Example of Folger Library TEI Shakespeare texts: Macbeth