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Re: [xml-dev] overlapping markup

Hello Oleg,

as the developer of XStandoff I'll try to answer your question.

Standoff annotation was a feasible option for annotating multiple or 
overlapping markup, when XStandoff and its ancestor SGF was developed as 
part of a project.
In addition, we wanted to use an XML-based solution, that is, without 
any extra brackets (the solution you proposed reminds me of XConcur btw.).
There are of course other ways to describe parallel or overlapping 
markup, such as pure LMNL's sawtooth syntax, or others (you may want to 
have a look at the Balisage 2008 and 2009 papers for a list of techniques).

In my opinion, a key benefit of an XML-based solution is the possibility 
to use all the XML-tools such as XML validators, XSLT, and XQuery (and 
in fact, that was our main concern to choose the way we did).

Let me know, if you have further questions.


Maik Stührenberg

Oleg Parashchenko schrieb:
> Hello all,
> looking at XStandoff and xLMNL examples in the XML Prague 2012 paper "Quo
> vadis XML", I'm a bit confused by theirs complexity. See the pages 150,
> 151 and 155.
> http://archive.xmlprague.cz/2013/files/xmlprague-2013-proceedings.pdf
> If I needed a parallel markup, instead of using these formats, I'd try
> something simple, such as:
> <dialog_plus_text>
> {u who="peter"}<s>Hey Paul!</s>  <s>Would you give me{/u}
> {u who="Paul"}the hammer?</s>{/u}
> </dialog_plus_text>
> So, each content model gets its own sort of brackets. What wrong with it,
> why such format is not used?

Dr. Maik Stührenberg
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
Universitätsstraße 25
33615 Bielefeld
Telefon: +49 (0)521/106-2534
E-Mail: maik.stuehrenberg@uni-bielefeld.de

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