Resources for Teaching and Learning Text Encoding

Interested in teaching or learning TEI? The slides, lecture notes, and other materials here were developed by the WWP for the workshops we teach, but they can also be a starting point for self-guided study. They are made available here for public reuse under a Creative Commons license. For versions of these materials that were used in a specific seminar or workshop, please visit the site for the event in question.

The presentations and tutorials below are authored in a customized version of TEI. You can view the slides and lecture notes, and also download or view the source TEI. More information about the schema and stylesheets used for authoring and working with these materials is available here.

WWP Tutorial curriculum

The primers listed below group tutorials thematically based on particular needs for teachers and learners of TEI. These materials have been adapted from the slides and lecture notes developed for the Women Writers Project’s seminar and workshop series, with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

With the links listed below, you can navigate the tutorials we offer, and select from the primers we have developed to serve as a curricular structure for teachers and learners of TEI.

  • View All Primers: Full descriptions of the five primers that make up the suggested tutorial curriculum.
  • View All Tutorials: Each tutorial is listed here with a description. The primers are meant as suggested paths through the available tutorials, but they can also be accessed individually to design alternative curricula.
  • TEI Primer: This primer contains tutorials that focus on building a knowledge of the TEI from the very basics to more advanced markup concepts. We recommend starting here if you are new to the TEI.
  • Manuscripts and the TEI Primer: This primer covers the basics of the TEI, with a specific focus on manuscript encoding. It is a parallel track to the TEI primer.
  • Contextual Encoding Primer: This primer covers the encoding of metadata and other contextual information about texts.
  • Transformation and Publication Primer: This primer defines and describes the methods for publishing TEI documents.
  • TEI Customization Primer: This primer discusses customizing the TEI for the needs of specific projects.

WWP Presentations

You can also access the materials used in our presentations without the tutorial narratives described above. For versions of these materials that were used in a specific seminar or workshop, please visit the site for the event in question.

To view our slides and lecture notes, and also download or view the source TEI, please see the WWP Presentations page. These presentations are authored in a customized version of TEI. More information about the schema and stylesheets used for authoring and working with these materials is available here.

Templates, Schemas, and Stylesheets

We offer a set of basic templates, together with a customized TEI schema for use in learning TEI. These are bundled together as a single package you can download and use. The package also includes a simple CSS stylesheet that you can personalize with your own formatting, so you can view your encoded files.

TEI Exercise package ZIP, tar

Handouts, Samples, and Exercises

  • Element List: A list of basic elements used in introductory encoding exercises, with brief glosses and explanations of usage (source, HTML)
  • Element List for ODD-writing: A list of basic TEI elements used in writing TEI ODDs, with brief glosses and explanations of usage (source, HTML)
  • Element List for RelaxNG: A list of basic RNG elements used in writing TEI ODDs, with brief glosses and explanations of usage (source, HTML)
  • Roma Exercise: Instructions for creating a basic TEI customization with Roma (source, HTML)
  • Document Analysis Worksheet: Worksheet with guiding questions for document analysis (source, HTML)
  • Oxygen Crib Sheet: Basic crib sheet for getting started with the oXygen XML editor (source, HTML)
  • CSS Crib Sheet: A beginner’s crib sheet for getting started in using CSS with TEI files (source, HTML)
  • Sample Encoding and Project Materials: A variety of samples from the WWP and other projects, including TEI/XML samples, project descriptions, and other materials.

Links and Additional Sources of Information

  • The TEI web site: Information about the TEI, the TEI annual meeting, TEI tools and tutorials, how to join.
  • The TEI Guidelines: The authoritative source of information on using the TEI.
  • The WWP’s Guide to Scholarly Text Encoding: A guide to using the TEI for early printed sources, focusing on scholarly approaches and problems.
  • Roma: The TEI’s tool for building customizations and generating schemas and documentation. There are also instructions for using Roma.
  • TEI-L: The TEI discussion list, which is a good place to ask questions and read about what other projects are doing. Subscribe.
  • WWP-Encoding: A discussion list run by the WWP to serve participants in our introductory workshops and seminars. Smaller and less technical than TEI-L, this list also provides an opportunity to continue discussions from workshop events and to ask followup questions. To subscribe, send email to listserv@listserv.brown.edu with the message “subscribe wwp-encoding”

Availability and Reuse

These materials are developed by Syd Bauman and Julia Flanders and published by the Women Writers Project. We welcome reuse of these materials.

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