SCDML

Anselm Lingnau

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Ian Brockbank wrote:

> One of my pet "future projects" for which I occasionally doodle some
> ideas is SCDML - a set of XML* tags designed for use with SCD. These
> would allow verbose and summarised instructions to be generated from
> the same source, by using different stylesheets, and would also allow
> (potentially) diagrammatic cribs, animations, multiple languages, etc.
> It would also ensure that terminology was absolutely standard.

Funny you should mention this, Ian. I've recently started using an XML
DTD called -- guess what -- SCDML to write my dance leaflets, mostly to
make it easier to generate PDF and HTML from the same source, using XSLT
style sheets. (The reason you haven't seen PDF versions of my dances yet
is that I'm still playing around with the thing, and I haven't got
around to converting most of the old leaflets over from SGML to XML --
but as a matter of fact I want to put out a few new leaflets Real Soon
Now, which will be in PDF.)

> This is a bit of a techy thing, so would probably require some sort of
> tool to support it to make it easy to use, but is anyone interested
> in working with me to develop the tag-set?

My approach isn't as far-reaching as yours when it comes to dance
descriptions -- I don't encode the dancers concerned and the movements
as XML tags, for example -- but I agree that for the general problem
this is probably the way to go. Of course this gets sticky when it comes
to dancers moving along arbitrary paths or doing unusual and singular
things (e.g., the setting during bars 17-24 of The Montgomerie's Rant),
so the tag set would either have to be very big or there must be a
method of `escaping' into a coordinate-based way of describing
movements. My approach is really more geared towards the publication
aspect of having a single description and multiple output formats for a
fairly traditional kind of description and less towards a complete
description language for Scottish country dances, although one possible
angle (still a pipe dream) is generating SQL for automatic updates to
DanceData. Of course I'd be happy to help pursue SCDML (any flavour)
further and maybe even make it into something generally useful.

Anselm
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