Neill, Iian and Schmidt, Desmond (2021). SPEEDy. A Practical Editor for Texts Annotated with Standoff Properties. In: Graph Data-Models and Semantic Web Technologies in Scholarly Digital Editing, pp. 45-54. Norderstedt: BoD. ISBN 978-3-7543-4369-2

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Standoff properties can be used to record textual properties or annotations that may freely overlap and need not conform to a context-free grammar. In this way they avoid the ‘overlapping hierarchies’ problem inherent in markup languages like XML. Instead of embedding markup tags directly into the text stream, standoff properties are stored separately, and refer to positions in the text where each property starts and ends. However, this has the effect of tightly binding the properties to the text, and hence any change in the underlying text invalidates them. This limitation usually makes this method impractical in cases where the text is mutable, and is mostly used when the text is already fixed or proofread to a high standard. However, if it did become feasible to use standoff properties on mutable texts, this method could also be used in the process of text production, on dynamically evolving texts, such as emails, forum messages, personal notes and even drafts of academic papers. Digitised transcriptions of historical documents, whether produced manually or through OCR, could then be easily corrected at an earlier stage of typographic correctness. By overcoming the overlapping hierarchies problem this technique thus offers the prospect of significant productivity gains for producing digital editions, as well as a new mode of engagement for annotation. This paper describes the SPEEDy editor, a practical realisation of this technique. It outlines the editor’s foundational concepts, its standoff properties model, and its main interface features.

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EditorAssmann, BernhardUNSPECIFIED
EditorBleier, RomanUNSPECIFIED
EditorCzmiel, AlexanderUNSPECIFIED
EditorDumont, StefanUNSPECIFIED
EditorDuntze, OliverUNSPECIFIED
EditorFischer, FranzUNSPECIFIED
EditorFritze, ChristianeUNSPECIFIED
EditorHenny-Kramer, UlrikeUNSPECIFIED
EditorNeuber, FrederikeUNSPECIFIED
EditorPollin, ChristopherUNSPECIFIED
EditorRehbein, MalteUNSPECIFIED
EditorRoeder, TorstenUNSPECIFIED
EditorSahle, PatrickUNSPECIFIED
EditorSchaßan, TorstenUNSPECIFIED
EditorSchneider, GerlindeUNSPECIFIED
EditorSchnöpf, MarkusUNSPECIFIED
EditorScholger, MartinaUNSPECIFIED
EditorSteinkrüger, PhilippUNSPECIFIED
EditorSutor, NadineUNSPECIFIED
EditorVogeler, GeorgUNSPECIFIED
Corporate Creators: Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-552241
Title of Book: Graph Data-Models and Semantic Web Technologies in Scholarly Digital Editing
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Schriften des Instituts für Dokumentologie und Editorik
Volume: 15
Page Range: pp. 45-54
Number of Pages: 224
Date: 2021
Publisher: BoD
Place of Publication: Norderstedt
ISSN: 2197-6945
ISBN: 978-3-7543-4369-2
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Zentrale Forschungseinrichtungen > Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH)
Subjects: Generalities, Science
Library and information sciences
Geography and history
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Digital HumanitiesEnglish
Digitale EditionenGerman
Text Encoding InitiativeEnglish
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Refereed: Yes


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