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HST weekly schedule and travel plans
XML Tools and Editor
XML Linking Architectures
Advanced Natural Language Processing (ANLP), Winter Term 2014
Systems Design Project (SDP), Spring Term 2015
Contacting me (including PGP key)
Index of all documents on this site of potential general interest


Language in Edinburgh

Context

I'm based in the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, with the title "Professor of Web Informatics". I'm interested in the Architecture of the Web, Markup Languages, the Foundations of Cognitive Science, as well as Computational Linguistics, Data-Intensive Linguistics, Language Corpora and Corpus Management.

Since February 2005 many of my activities have focussed on my membership in the W3C Technical Architecture Group and my work within W3C working groups:

  1. Making sense of how the Web works (and doesn't work), with particular reference to the relevance of Philosophy of Language to understanding URIs
  2. I keep a watching brief on the Semantic Web, and have worked on evaluating the performance of Semantic Search
  3. Developing XML standards and XML-related tools (see below); I was involved in the W3C SGML Working Group, whose work led to the XML recommendation: Extensible Markup Language (XML), and am currently a member of the XML Core, XML Processing Model and XML Schema working groups;

If you're interested in pursuing an MSc or PhD in one of these areas, please see the Informatics postgraduate prospectus and/or get in touch with me.

Outside my University time I do consulting and business mentoring in the area of XML, XML Pipelines and XML Schema via Markup Systems.


XML Tools (LT XML, XED and XSV)

Version 1.2 of LT XML, a fully compliant XML tool kit and API for WIN32 and UN*X platforms, is available.

The beta of XED, my XML document instance editor is still available.

The current version of XSV, an XML Schema validator, is available via a web interface.

An add-on to Python's SAX functionality providing a simple 'pull'-style interface PullFromSAX.py

The beta version of xslj, an old (not-standard) XSL to DSSSL translator is still available.


XML Linking Architectures

I helped launch the use of standoff markup to improve annotation management in complex datasets: the underlying techonology is described in my SGML Europe '97 paper. My presentation to the COCOSDA meeting in Rhodes discusses the application of this technology to spoken language transcripts, available as Powerpoint v.7 version, Powerpoint v.4 version and quick and dirty HTML from Powerpoint outline.


DSSSL Tools (DSC)

This section is of historical interest only at this point -- I haven't worked on this stuff for years.

DSC version 2.0, an online syntax checker, normaliser and implementation framework for DSSSL, based on embedding a full R4RS Scheme interpreter in James Clark's SP parser, is available for downloading. For more information, see the release announcement, which describes dsc in more detail.

Version 2.0, as demonstrated at SGML/XML '97 in November 1997, provides a much richer implementation framework than previous versions, including the full query language and the transformation language.

DSSSL users might find my index to DSSSL procedures by prototype useful. I've also produced a summary of information about the copyright status of the DSSSL standard and pointers to various electronic versions thereof.

For DSSSL/SGML implementation mavens, heres an illustrated example of an SGML source grove.


Presentations and Tutorials

I regularly give presentations and tutorials on markup- and style-related subject. Please consult the presentation slides and course notes and associated examples to see whats available (this page is quite out of date, but I have more up-to-date material available on request). If looking at the tutorial materials suggests you'd like me to give such a tutorial at your institution, please get in touch.


Address

Postal:
Henry S. Thompson
4.03 Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB
SCOTLAND

Email:
ht@inf.ed.ac.uk
PGP key:
HST's GnuPG Public Key
Tel:
+44 (0)131 650 4440
Mobile:
+44 (0)7866 471 388
Fax:
+44 (0)131 651 1426 Valid HTML 4.01!
 
Photo (if you must)
My wife Catharine runs the OPENspace Research Centre.
We intend to develop ShutYourFacebook.com as a website for promoting outdoor activities.
We are fortunate to have inherited access to a holiday home on the coast of Maine, which we make available to rent.