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Project ELSA is carrying out research into the use of documents in libraries which have been marked up in SGML format (Standard Generalised Markup Language). The project will construct an electronic store of documents which will take the form of a server on a network. Client computers will be able to access the material on the server, download it and make it available to librarians and end users for use and manipulation. The project will establish a detailed specification end user environment based on a client server model through consultation with librarians and end users. The specification and an examination of relevant standards will drive the construction of a user interface which will be produced to provide the ability to search, retrieve and view material. There will be provision for the local end user storage of documents at the user's machine and for the local retrieval of those documents. The resulting system will be tested in a suitable environment with feedback obtained from both librarians and end users. The focus for these investigations will be the ability of the system to enhance existing information provision systems and to enable new ones to be developed. An essential component of the project will be the dissemination of information both as the project progresses and when it is complete. Those who wish to be kept informed of the progress are invited to register their interest on the form attached or to view relevant files which will be available on the Internet Gopher server based at De Montfort University. The project is funded through European Commission DG XIII and has three partners. Jouve System D'Information (France) the lead partner, will provide the search engine, user interface software and client server software, Elsevier Science (Netherlands) will provide the documents and De Montfort University will develop the user interface and provide a test bed.


The Standard Generalised Markup Language, ISO 8879, is being used by an ever-increasing number of organisations to assist in the creation, management, storage and delivery of their documents. In SGML the logical structure of a document is separated from its style of presentation. Each element in a document is marked up according to its role, for example chapter heading, paragraph heading or figure reference. This forms a logical hierarchy of elements. The logical relationship of the elements in the document is defined in a Document Type Definition (DTD) for that document. There are many advantages in using SGML markup, in particular:


For more information on the project please contact any of the following people :

Catherine Lupovici,
Jouve Systemes d'Information,
Tel: +44 76 86 00
Fax +44 76 86 10
EMail: cl@blutch.jouve.fr

Albert Fischer,
Elsevier Science.
Tel: +31--5862418
Fax +31--5862843
EMail: a.fischer@elsevier.ch

Suzanne Ward,
De Montfort University.
Tel: +44 116-2-551551 ext.8031
Fax +44 116-2-550307
EMail: shw@dmu.ac.uk

David Houghton,
De Montfort University.
Tel: +44 116-2-551551
EMail: djh@dmu.ac.uk

The ELSA Project,
Division of Learning Development
De Montfort University,
Gateway Building 1.8D
The Gateway
Leicester LE1 9BH
shw@dmu.ac.uk or djh@dmu.ac.uk

Dave Houghton's Diary

ELSA Test Interface

Pilot project

Interesting links and material

SGML in Norway .

SGML Tutorial.


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