While taking Comp 110, an introduction course to coding and syntax of computer science, my professor regularly compared the process of coding to a language. My biggest issue with using the program and language (java) we used is because I failed to fully recognize how serious he was when comparing the two. I realized that if I’d taken that mindset when learning the basics— the structure, key words, the platform— I would’ve been able to catch on a lot quicker.
This week’s reading about TEI, although different from programming, reminded me of that notion. Most intriguing and resonating with me is the mention of a need to highlight the difference of text encoding in the humanities. I am very much humanities oriented and I think my fatal downfall with my previous experience with any sort of data representation was my inability to think outside of that linguistic mindset. Much like java, TEI has so many syntactical guidelines, especially with the sensitivity of characters, upper case and lower case letters.