oa Alternation - Implementing a Digital Library for Afrikaans Poetry I: Theoretical Foundations

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In this article a discussion is offered of a project that started out as a multimedia project aimed at making Afrikaans poetry accessible, before it evolved into the realm of a digital library being built in an XML environment. The complementary natures of the hypertext environment and the system theory approach to literature, are descriptionbed in order to clarify the theoretical foundations and context of the project. The possibilities offered by envisaging and structuring the project as a digital library are discussed-this is elaborated in Part II where an indication is given of the advantages and challenges involved in situating the digital library in an XML-environment.

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