Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Archival" and "Presentation" versions of (x)html-based scholarship

Briefly...The presentation version changes the extension to ".html", adds some formatting to fix the page width and to justify the body paragraphs. It also adds an appendix of links to named entities at the end. That last suggests an interesting future.

The goal here is to maintain a focus on an archival version with very little formatting in it, while also exploring what the "nicer" presentation version can look like. Eventually this content will appear in a CMS-like environment. That should be attractive and functional so I'm figuring out what that means. In time, I'll add features along the lines of "pop-up" windows for geographic entities and the like. Not sure exactly what that entails but we'll find out as we go along.

And I'll move this to github in the near-ish future.


John Muccigrosso said...

Why is xhtml the archival version? Is html no good for that?

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

Can I repost this on AWOL or is that too formal?

Sebastian Heath said...

Chuck, to the extent the ISAW Digital Publication Program is emerging and hasn't coalesced into a single location on web, it might be frustrating for future readers to come across links that will break within the foreseeable future. But the two current blog posts should be around "for a while", so yes please! The more eyeballs the merrier.

FWIW, there's a github repository at https://github.com/sfsheath/isaw-papers . That should be around for a while as well.