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Digital Editions of Premodern Chinese Texts: Methods and Problems – Exemplified Using the Daozang Jiyao=前現代漢語文本的數位版本:方法與問題 -- 以《道藏輯要》為例
Author Wittern, Christian (著)=維習安 (au.)
Source Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal=中華佛學學報
Pages167 - 194
PublisherChung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies=中華佛學研究所
Publisher Url
Location新北市, 臺灣 [New Taipei City, Taiwan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
KeywordText Encoding=文本編碼; Digital Editions=數位版本; Character Encoding=字元編碼; XML; Doaist Studies=道教研究
AbstractDigital editions do have a great potential for new avenues of research, but they also pose vexing research questions that have to be resolved adequately in order to make the resulting edition useful in the long run. One of the many differences between printed editions of texts and digital editions is the open-endedness of the latter, which means that it can be done incrementally and updated without incurring substantial expenses. The medium of digital editions requires the creator to make many assumptions about the texts explicit and record them in a way that can be processed automatically. This is a new concept, which seems foreign to the agenda of a scholar whose ultimate aim is to engage with the text. This article demonstrates that what seems like a detour is actually advancing the understanding of the text and the need objectify a text in this gives access to new dimensions of a text. It then goes on to provide details of a conceptual model for describing a premodern text digitally that has been developed working on a digital edition of the early Qing Daoist collection Daozang jiyao.

Table of contentsIntroduction 169
Preliminaries and Prerequisites 170
The TEI/XML Text Model 171
Writing System 172
The Process of Encoding a Character 174
A New Model for Encoding Chinese Primary Sources 176
Representation of the Text 176
Character Database 180
The Daozang Jiyao and its Editing Environment 181
The Daozang Jiyao 181
Editing Environment 182
Mapping to a Relational Database 182
User Interface 184
Context 190
Abbreviations 192
References 193
ISSN10177132 (P)
Created date2013.07.23
Modified date2017.12.04

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