Character Set Work Group

Objectives and Deadlines


3 May 1991

Table of Contents


  1. Prepare and test Writing System Declarations for the languages of the EC in their modern forms, modern Slavic, Hebrew, and Arabic, using a representative selection of the character sets named in section 3.2.13 of TEI P1.
  2. In consultation with appropriate learned bodies and experts in the relevant fields draw up inventory and proposed char sets or subsets for historical linguistic and philological work in the languages of the EC, older Slavic, Hebrew, and Arabic.
  3. Evaluate and report on widely-used transliteration schemes for the representation of other non-Latin alphabetic scripts. If, on consultation with relevant technical and professional bodies, a consensus can be formed, report on that consensus.
  4. Experiment with, and draft recommendations concerning applicability to TEI documents of specific technical proposals relating to mixed-script texts, including:
  5. Formulate recommendations for the encoding of the IPA in cooperation with existing standardization efforts and with the responsible work group(s) for spoken texts to ensure utility of IPA encoding and draft recommendations for representation of suprasegmental phonetic data.
  6. Revise TEI P1 as needed to ensure that the TEI guidelines are usable with both ISO 10646 and Unicode.
  7. Evaluate the utility of the ISO 646 subset for interchange and the wisdom of retaining it as part of the Guidelines, eliminating it, or making it part of a separate set of recommendations.
  8. Reply to comments on chapter 3 of TEI P1 routed to this work group by the editors.
  9. Suggest revisions and additions to chapter 3 of TEI P1. If necessary, prepare a seperate guideline for multilingual generic encoding and writing tables to and from system specific coding.


Work group reports to Committee for Text Representation. Head of the work group is Harry Gaylord. Two further members of the work group are to be named by the work group head with the concurrence of Stig Johansson; at least one should be a North American.

Funding is authorized for three meetings.


WSDs for EC languages and scripts (TR1 W2), preliminary results for other alphabetic languages (TR1 W2), IPA (TR1 W3), and global character sets (TR1 W4) due 31 March 1991. Drafts of all recommendations and reports to be ready for circulation to the public for comment (same numbers, TR1 Pn) by 30 September 1991. Final work to be completed by 1 March 1992.