The ANGLES Project Workshop

A charette and code sprint to develop a web-based XML editor


The ANGLES Project is a research project aimed at developing a lightweight, online XML code editor, which can support teaching of text encoding as well as text encoding research projects, either by distributed research teams or at institutions without resources to purchase expensive software licenses. By combining the model of intensive code development (a.k.a. the “code sprint”) with testing and feedback by domain experts gathered at nationally-recognized disciplinary conferences, the project proposes a bridge between humanities centers who have greater resources to program scholarly software and the scholars who form the core user community for such software through their teaching and research.

The project team will lead a design charrette and code sprint workshop with the aim of involving members of our tool’s target user community in every stage of the design and development process. This will be the first of three events held at major DH-related conferences over the course of the next year. Participants in the workshop will be able to:

  • meet directly with the principal developers on the project
  • contribute use cases through a structured feedback process
  • participate directly in programming this open-source product
  • contribute documentation
  • contribute and vote on design elements
  • test (very) early versions of the software

ANGLES will facilitate this event, but the tool development will be driven by the needs of the community. No programming skills are required to participate in this event and all are welcome. For developers, the project team will provide a very basic “software development kit” and introduce the basic principles of code sprints as well as coding conventions and best practices.

ANGLES is led by Trevor Muñoz and James Smith, of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and is generously supported by a Level II Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (Award #HD-51573).

Length of the Event

The workshop extends 2 days, beginning Tuesday afternoon, November 6. Beverages, continental breakfasts, and lunches will be served. Members of the TEI community are welcome to attend part of the event by dropping-in for relevant sessions, physically or virtually. We will post the sessions here shortly.

Core Participants

The ANGLES project has commitments from a small team of core developers funded by grant support to attend these workshops:

  • James Smith, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
  • Doug Reside, New York Public Library
  • Hugh Cayless, New York University
  • Jon Deering, St. Louis University
  • Trevor Muñoz, UMD University Libraries and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)