How to Use Text

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When making a digital record of text, it is vital that characters be coded unambiguously. This is done by using an encoding system that maintains a one-to-one correspondance between code-points and the characters they represent, as is the case with Unicode. To learn how to use Unicode, visit the Unicode How to Page.

It is also important to annotate textual data clearly and unambiguously. To learn how to annotate data, visit the How to Annotate page.

However you render textual data, you must keep an archival copy that is portable and enduring. An XML archival copy is both human and machine readable and can be rendered in various formats through the use of XSL stylesheets. To learn how to write XML, visit the How to Write XML page. To learn about converting data to XML format without actually writing XML, visit the Alternatives to Writing XML page. To learn how to use XSL to transform an XML document, visit the Transforming XML page.

If you have multiple lines of data to represent in your text, you may want to represent it as an IGT. To learn how to write an IGT, visit the How to Write IGT page.


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