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An intensive introduction to markup and the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative

1. Abstract

This 1 day workshop will give you a practical introduction to markup using the oXygen XML Editor as well as an intensive introduction to the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative. This will introduce concepts of markup, XML, and the TEI framework before introducing the recommendations for how a variety of textual phenomena can be recorded. Special attention will be focussed on the recommendations for the transcription, editing, and description of manuscripts and early-printed books. Depending on time we might also get onto names, people and places. A lot of the examples and exercises use first world war poetry as an easily acccessible text, but the concerns and textual phenomena are found in texts of all dates and forms.

2. Aims of the Course

  • To introduce the concept of markup and XML encoding
  • Provide hands-on experience in using TEI XML markup (using the oxygen XML editor)
  • Intensively survey the basics of the TEI scheme, its assumptions and organisation
  • Survey some of the conventions for manuscript transcript and description

3. Course Programme

I've purposely not given times to each talk and exercise, meaning we're free to go as quickly or slowly as we can. We may or may not get to talks 5 and 6 in this instance but I include them just in case.

4. Materials

Please download IntroToTEI.zip in which you will find exercises, materials, spoliers. All licensed CC+BY.

If you have any difficulty unzipping the IntroToTEI.zip, then you may also download the files individually:


James Cummings. Date: 6 Februart 2016
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