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   Re: Multi lingual glossary or dictionary DTD

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  • From: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@geotempo.com>
  • To: Eric van der Vlist <vdv@dyomedea.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 21:35:55 +0800

Eric van der Vlist wrote:
> We'd like to publish a bi-lingual glossary for <XML>fr and we are
> looking for an existing DTD or schema to use.
> I have been surprised to find very few works in this area.

Apart from TEI of course, there is an interesting project from Charles
Mueller in Tokyo: it is a multilingual dictionary of Buddhist and East
Asian Literary Terms. Its base is English, with Chinese, Japanese
(kanji, kana and romanji with macrons) and Korean entries.

For a quick example, see

For the front pages, see

Charles is a very interesting guy; he has been working on this project
through many format changes. Last year he was doing it in XML, but he
has now moved back to loose SGML: an HTML superstructure with XML-ish
data islands.  You can see that his approach is to use as specific
markup as possible: his tagset is probably only appropriate for his own
special documents. That is nice to see, amid the current conformism :-) 
(I am not sure of the specific reasons why he decided to abandon XML

In my book "The XML & SGML Cookbook" I have about 7 or 8 pages on the
subject of multilingual markup.

Rick Jelliffe

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