• Text encoding and the Text Encoding Initiative

    This course introduces the theory and practice of text encoding using the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), providing an overview of text encoding in general as well as core concepts of the TEI. The course covers concepts such as text modelling, markup languages, and the importance of standards for making metadata usable and searchable. The course also explores the history and approaches to text encoding. The course is divided into three units which are displayed on the left hand menu and can be used to navigate the content.

  • Unit III: How to encode with the TEI

    This unit is divided into two main lessons, with core practical components for applying what you have learned in the course:

    • TEI in Practice covers the basics around using the TEI schema, including information on the TEI header (biographic information on the text and mandatory TEI elements), and the elements within <text>, which encodes the textual content itself ( divided into <front>, <body> and <back>. This section includes an overview of the core elements used for encoding text, how to customise the TEI to encode specific textual types.
    • Two exercises follow to put what you have learned into practice. The Yeats Exercise: Encoding poetry with the TEI and  the Franklin Exercise: Encoding prose with the TEI utilise the XML-aware editor oXygen (which can be downloaded free for 30 days) to utilise a variety of elements in encoding a complex document.
    • The Specialist Encoding section covers the specific elements needed to encode correspondence.