Abstract

Domenico Fiormonte, Desmond Schmidt, Paolo Monella, Paolo Sordi, The politics of code. How digital representations and languages shape culture

Digital humanists so far have been reluctant to analyse the socio-political nature (and impact) of their “technical” choices, so a conference on social sciences seems the ideal venue for starting to debate these issues. We will focus on three encoding tools widely used in the Humanities and Social Sciences communities: HTML, the de facto standard for encoding Web documents and pages, Unicode, an industry standard designed to allow text and symbols from all of the writing systems of the world to be consistently represented and manipulated by computers, and XML, which defines a set of rules for encoding documents.

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