[Humanist] 31.495 interdisciplinarity and markup

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Dec 31 10:24:16 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 495.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2017 09:49:37 -0500 (EST)
        From: lachance at chass.utoronto.ca
        Subject: interdisciplinarity and the object of markup
        In-Reply-To: <20171230105920.ED8BE87F0 at s16382816.onlinehome-server.info>


I have been following with interest the recent (and ancient) thread on
interdisciplinarity. I am intrigued by not only bridges but the building
blocks of bridges.

I wonder if, at a sufficiently abstract level, some of those blocks may
exist in the practice of markup. Markup aims to create a structured

Historically, we have come to a point where languages that express such a
structured object can also be used to transform the structured object.
Given the wise practise of documenting the decisions that lead to the
creation of the structured object, in a sense a metalanguage is available
to serve as a bridge between disciplines and further conversations about
objects and their transformations.

In this light, one might consider the Text Encoding Initiative as a
multidisciplinary project.

Notice I have avoided the mention of "method" in favour of "practice".

Francois Lachance

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