Chapter 3. General Underpinnings

Table of Contents

Design Principles
Format Organization
Assumptions in the Creation of TAN Data
Core Technology
Unicode
eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
Namespaces
The Text Encoding Initiative
Data types
Identifiers and Their Use
Regular Expressions
Interpretation of multiple values

This chapter retains something of the introductory spirit of the previous one by providing an overview of the fundamental principles and technologies behind TAN. The overall goal of this chapter is to explain design principles of the format. Although this chapter assumes on your part no prior knowledge of any particular technology, it is also not meant to be a tutorial. Links to further reading will take you to more adequate introductory material.

The TAN formats have been designed around a few basic design principles:

Scholarly habits

Scholarly freedom

Scholarly responsibility

General utility