10001 manuscripts in practice: Perl, XML, medieval chronicles, and why Unicode rocks

By Tara Andrews (‎aurum‎) from London.pm
Date: Friday, 7 November 2008 17:40
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: armenian language natural perl philology tei unicode xml


I work in the field of Armenian historiography. This means I get to play with medieval manuscripts. The things I'm doing with the manuscripts are theoretically interesting, but pretty boring in practice, so I'm using Perl to program away the most boring bits. I will talk about the problems of text criticism in general, what sorts of things can and can't be done by the computer, my initial aversion to XML, how I was shown (some of) the error of my ways, and how I'm combining a bunch of isolated pieces of technology that were mostly already in use to achieve fame and fortune in the world of Armenian studies.

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