Use of Electronic Technology
Although there are several important chronologies
of writers in book form, they are of limited value
because they are cumbersome, and to fulfil their
purpose effectively would require indexes nearly as
lengthy as the chronologies themselves. The core of
this project, therefore, is to surmount some of these
difficulties by augmenting the conventional published
format of chronologies with hypertext capabilities.
This will be done by embedding in the computerised
chronology a software system that supports search and
navigation facilities for what are typically very
In addition, to overcome problems of scale, the
user will need to be provided with a variety of
navigational aids. One such aid would be a conceptual
structure in graphic form. The final system would
thus not only be a hypertext chronology browser for
the MacGreevy Chronology, but also a model for the
construction of hypertext chronologies in general. .
The development of this software system is the goal
of the Chronology's sister project, INTENTS.
The Chronology is being encoded using Standard
Generalised Markup Language (SGML) according to the
Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. The markup
will be based on components of the TEI DTD (version
Encoding for Humanities Research
provides further information about the project's use
of descriptive markup. Each document included in the
Chronology will contain a header describing the
source text, editorial decisions used in marking up
the text, and interpretive information.
© Copyright 1998 Susan
Schreibman, Department of English, UCD.