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Out of Praxis: Three (Meta)Theories of Textuality

Allen Renear

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Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236634.003.0005
Out of Praxis: Three (Meta)Theories of Textuality

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This chapter focuses on computer text processing, and, more specifically, computer text encoding. It shows two things. First, that the particular community which has been designing and configuring computer text-processing and encoding systems has evolved a rich body of illuminating theory about the nature of text — theory that is useful to anyone who would create, manage, or use electronic text. Second, the chapter suggests that the significance of this body of theory and analysis extends well beyond the specific concerns of text processing and text encoding and contributes directly to the understanding of the deepest issues of textuality and textual communication in general. In addition, the chapter describes the domain of text processing and text encoding and discusses several representational strategies involved in text processing, and content-based encoding.

Keywords: computer text processing; computer text encoding; text; textuality; textual communication; content-based encoding

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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