Chapter 1. Introduction

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Definition and purpose
Rationale and purpose
Design Principles

The Text Alignment Network (TAN) is a suite of highly regulated XML formats intended for scholars to interoperably align and share texts and textual analysis. TAN is particularly suited to the study and exchange of a textual work in its different versions (translations, paraphrases), and to producing related datasets on quotations, word-for-word alignments, and lexicomorphological features, all at a maximal level of syntactic and semantic interoperability.

TAN files are simple, modular, and networked, allowing users, working independently and collaboratively, to edit, study, and exchange files. The extensive validation rules depend upon a library of processing functions that definitively interpret the TAN format, thereby informing and helping editors in research and publication, and providing a basis for anyone who wished to create advanced TAN-based tools and applications.

Although expressive of nuance and complexity, and committed to scholarly responsibility, TAN files benefit everyone, both scholars and non-scholars, and can be used broadly for multilingual publishing, language learning, and machine translation.