This introductory workshop will balance lectures with hands-on practical sessions to introduce and survey the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for creation of digital text. The workshop combines in-depth coverage of the latest version of the TEI P5 Guidelines for the encoding of digital text with practical exercises to reinforce the topics covered. It provides an introduction to markup, XML, the infrastructure of the TEI Guidelines, and the encoding of common textual phenomena. Major aspects surveyed will include: basic TEI structural and phrase-level elements, metadata, names of people and places, the transcription and description of manuscripts and other primary sources, encoding correspondence and its metadata, and the customisation of the TEI schema. Almost an entire day will focus on the new guidelines for encoding correspondence in the TEI. Practical exercises give you hands-on experience of a wide range of TEI editing. No previous experience with markup, XML, or TEI is assumed.
The EpiDoc Guidelines map existing scholarly practice of text transcription (Leiden Conventions) and object description (epigraphic practice) to a subset of TEI, used by a large community of projects and tool creators.