Document Analysis Questionnaire

These are questions designed by the Brown Women Writer's Project to help determine encoding policies.

  1. What are the significant informational features of the document that you want to represent in the digital site?
  2. Who is the primary audience? Do they have special needs that will need to be represented?
  3. What functions do you want to provide for your audience; what kinds of searching? What kinds of navigation?
  4. What are the significant chunks or subdivisions of your document? How important do you consider most of this information to capture?
  5. List as many as possible of your documents’ significant features that you would want to encode, and provide a justification for encoding these features. Think about audience, likely uses of the information, and the balance of cost and benefit.
  6. What are the significant presentational features of your document? How much of this information do you consider important to capture?
  7. What kinds of regularization of your document—if any—would be useful and appropriate? Would you regularize silently or preserve the original reading? Again, think about audience and probable use (including long-term use) of the data.


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