Met with SD today to discuss XML structure, namely the possible elimination of the rec_rep element. We came to the logical conclusion that, since the rec_rep element itself no longer has any useful information (it's all been moved to child elements), the element has become redundant and can be removed. So, I updated the proofing file to reflect the structural change and wrote an XSLT procedure to transform the files.
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Simon Devereaux has approximately 10,000 records of people convicted in potentially capital cases between 1710 and 1840 in London heard at the Old Bailey court. This project will create a web-based database which will allow interested researchers and members of the public to compose queries on that data (e.g. women charged with robbery 1710-1720). It must be able to support a range of queries and produce output allowing researchers to identify trends in judicial practice over that time.
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