XML: The Nuts and Bolts

23-25 May 2001

(fully booked)


12-14 December 2001

(bookings now being accepted)

Department of Computer Science
University College Dublin

This three-day hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the theory and practice of markup languages. It is ideal for anyone involved in or planning a digitisation project who would like to understand the philosophy, theory and practicalities of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language).

XML, and its predecessor, Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML), provide a descriptive means of encoding text and are used in a wide variety of applications including business, industry and academic encoding. SGML is an international standard for the description of electronic texts and is the de facto standard in encoding humanities texts. XML is fast overtaking HTML as the universal format for structured documents and data on the Web and is becoming increasingly important in humanities texts encoding.

One of the main strengths of SGML/XML is that they are platform- and machine-independent. In other words, they enable encoded text to be transported from one hardware/software environment to another without any loss of information.

SGML/XML markup describes the features of the text rather than just the physical format in which it will be viewed online (as in HTML). It allows the representation of generic types of documents such as reports, memos, poems, plays, novels, articles and so on. These generic types are defined via Document Type Definitions (DTDs). SGML/XML is flexible enough to allow for the customisation of these DTDs for individual project requirements.

Day I of the workshop is ideal for people who are considering a digitisation project and want to have an understanding of the theory and practice of text encoding. Day I will also introduce participants to the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines (TEI), the most common DTD for humanities texts.

Days II and III are ideal for individuals who wish to gain more in-depth knowledge of text encoding.

Topics to be Covered

Day I

Day II


Workshop participants have the option of registering for

Participants who attended the workshop held with the March 2000 CoSEI colloquium "What's All the Hype in Hypertext About?" may wish to register for Days II and III only. Places on the workshop are strictly limited, so early registration is advised.

For further information about registration details and/or workshop content, please contact Susan Schreibman <Susan.Schreibman@njit.edu>

Workshop Facilitators

Dr Judith Wusteman
University College Dublin

Judith Wusteman joined the staff of the Department of Library and Information Studies at University College Dublin in September 1997. Prior to this, she spent seven years as a lecturer in computer science at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Her research interests are in electronic publishing and humanities computing, specifically e-journals, document structure and formats, text encoding (SGML and XML).

Dr Susan Schreibman
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Susan Schreibman is General Editor and Project Manager of The MacGreevy Archive, which will be published shortly at The Institute of Advanced Technology in the Humanities at University of Virginia. She is currently Professor of Professional and Technical Communication at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Previously she was Semester in Irish Studies Newman Fellow at University College Dublin, and project manager of The Computer Science English Initiative, also at UCD. She has conducted XML/TEI workshops at University College Dublin and University of Maryland. She is also an XML Trainer with Global Knowledge.