[MEI-L] The shortest mei document

Roland, Perry (pdr4h) pdr4h at eservices.virginia.edu
Fri Apr 3 20:03:39 CEST 2009

Actually, since even <music> doesn't require content, the absolutely shortest conforming MEI document is

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!-- <!DOCTYPE mei SYSTEM "../DTD/mei19-all-test.dtd"> -->
<?oxygen RNGSchema="../RelaxSchema/mei19-all-test-annotated.rng" type="xml"?>
<mei version="1.9b">
        <title>The shortest mei document</title>

Thanks for the suggestion to start with a file like this for modularization.  As you can probably tell from the fact that I haven't yet created a modular version of the new DTD or the RELAX schema, I'm still having some difficulty with this task.  But I have been looking at ODD and just yesterday I got hold of an ODD instance that describes a non-TEI markup language (courtesy of Syd Baumann).  I have to admit I haven't looked at it super closely, but it seems to still be TEI-dependent, however, because it appears to define some parts of the markup language as customizations of TEI!

If this is actually the case, then I'm less inclined to go the ODD route than I was before.  For now, I'm working on creating a modular and annotated RELAX schema that I think will get us to the end result more quickly.  I'll commit a preliminary version to the subversion repo soon -- meaning by the end of next week (I hope).


Perry Roland
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From: mei-l-bounces at lists.uni-paderborn.de [mei-l-bounces at lists.uni-paderborn.de] On Behalf Of Raffaele Viglianti [raffaeleviglianti at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 1:42 PM
To: Music Encoding Initiative
Subject: [MEI-L] The shortest mei document

Dear all,

What do you think the shortest MEI document is? I think reflecting on this might be a good starting point for a modular ODDification (again, I got this idea from the P5 source, in particular: http://tei.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/tei/trunk/P5/Source/Specs/TEI.xml?view=markup )

I think it might be something like this (this document is on SVN under /branches/mei19/Documents):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE mei SYSTEM "file:../DTD/mei19-all-test.dtd">
<mei version="1.9b">
                <title>The shortest mei document</title>
                        <dir staff="1">tacet</dir>


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