(Pre)Announce: Gutenberg at HWG
The HTML Writers Guild is a not-for-profit, 125,000 strong international educational organization of HTML authors. Project Gutenberg is an organization founded by Michael Hart in 1971 to record the worlds great literature as ASCII text. To date almost 10,000 volumes have been marked up. 'Gutenberg at HWG' is a joint initative of these organizations to convert the ASCII texts to XML. This project has been in gestation for a few weeks but is not yet officially launched. We are in the process of a 'proof of concept' trial with a few of of our members. . The (unfinished) site can be visited at www.hwg.org/opcenter/gutenberg. We have already marked up about 30 books, and have another 50 or so in the pipeline. See www.hwg.org/opcenter/gutenberg/checkdoc.html. We are operating two mailing lists which can be subscribed to at www.hwg.org/lists for the general discussion of markup (hwg-gutenberg@h...) and for the design of suitable DTD's for marking up historical documents (hwg-gutenberg-dtds@h...). Currently we have in operation 3 'alpha' XML DTD's for Plays, Books and Poetry. We also encourage the use of any other XML DTD's such as XHTML and Norms DocBook.dtd for XML. Murray Altheim has also contributed a great DTD! We are pre-announcing to this list in the hope that members of the list will take an active role in helping us develop suitable DTD's for this important project, or may otherwise contribute their expertise. We are also looking for individuals who would be interested in supervising XML markup in languages other than English, and in non-roman character sets. There are numerous documents in Crylic, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Kanji, Hebrew etc. that are asking to be transcribed and marked up. If any one feels they can supervise or partake in such an effort we would love to hear from you. I hope that all interested parties will subscribe to our mailing lists. I can also attest to the fact that marking up an ASCII document in XML is great fun and relaxation! If any one would like to help in this or any other capacity, could they e-mail me at this address or at frank@h... and put 'xml-dev/gutenberg' in the header. I look forward to hearing from you Frank Boumphrey. VP HTML Writers Guild Director Gutenberg@HWG
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