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The 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 large documents.

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 2.0). Textual 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.

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