Hi, I'm a new entrant to the world of TEI and SGML and am making
a rather timorous plea for help!
One of our researchers has been invited to help in the definition
of 'tags' which are specific to certain types of historical
document. Specifically data recording traffic on the River
Severn in the 17th & 18th Centuries (the data is held on a
database). The interest in TEI stems from another related
project, a dictionary of terms used to describe the cargoes of
such traffic; barrels, tuns, pecks etc. The full text for a
database entry could be used to give context information about
There are a number of concordance packages which can be used for
similar purposes but they tend to be inflexible in the amount of
context that can be displayed.
Has the use of SGML conformant markup languages been discussed
for the production of contextual dictionaries? How can the work
of TEI further this?
Thanks if anyone can offer any help on this. I'm sorry if my
description is rather vague but I'm still struggling with SGML
and its related applications.
Note 1: the River Severn is the longest river in England and
Wales and it flows through or near some of the early economic and
industrial towns and cities; Shrewsbury, Telford, Worcester and
Note 2: the patterns of traffic on the River during 17th & 18th
C's can be used to explore changes in the social and economic
climate of central Britain and beyond.