10 March 2012 | 1:56 pm
We're very happy to announce the new ACIP website.
After our server crashed last year taking our website with it, we found ourselves with a necessity to build a new site, and an adventitious catalyst to develop it as the website we've always wanted.
Today we're very pleased to launch the beginnings of that site, and with it a complete distribution of the long awaited Kangyur(བཀའ་འགྱུར་
) and Tengyur(བསྟན་འགྱུར་
) etext collections in Tibetan unicode script with XML markup. The Kangyur etext has been typed from the Hlasa(ལྷ་ས་
) edition, while the Tengyur has been typed from the Dege(སྡེ་དགེ་
) edition. Both can be found at our online etext page
Our shift to Tibetan unicode etext in XML markup for this release of the Kangyur and Tengyur is the first step towards modernizing ACIP beyond the increasingly out of date encoding and markup paradigms we've used till now. We now feel confident that Tibetan unicode script is sufficiently supported by modern operating systems and browsers, that we can step away from the characteristic ACIP transliteration scheme, and into a world of digital Tibetan script.
Another thing we're stepping away from is what Jeff Wallman of TBRC aptly dubbed the "ACIP markup system" which we had until now used to indicate page breaks, small letters (ཡིག་ཆུང་), spelling errors etc. using the familiar @, ( ), and [ ] characters. Since the invention of the ACIP markup system, the XML markup system has become so widely supported by the various web browsers, and text editing softwares that we have now shifted to it almost out of necessity.
We had long talked about this shift, but it wasn't until discussions with TBRC in 2010 regarding a collaborative effort to present in parallel the ACIP etext, TBRC ocr text, and TBRC & ACIP scans that we together defined a standard XML schema for Tibetan etext. Unfortunately the collaborative effort lost traction with the passing of good Gene Smith, but as a legacy we have kept the schema with a few modifications necessary for the idiosyncrasies of Tibetan loose leaf pecha (དཔེ་ཆ་).
One last new and exciting feature we've developed and we're planning to expand even further is the ability to provide citations both to a specific title, and within a specific title. Details for how you can do this can be found in the usage
section of our online etext page
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Happy new years!