Introduction to TEI

February 4-6, 2009
Indiana University
Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman, Instructors

Wednesday, February 4

9:00 - 10:30 Session 1: Introduction to XML (SB)

This initial session will provide a background on XML, text encoding, and the use of the <oXygen/> editor we'll be using in class. Anyone who is unfamiliar with XML, has never done any text encoding before, or feels they need a little extra background, should attend this session. This session is optional for anyone who is already familiar with XML. Anyone who is not familiar with the <oXygen/> editor should either attend this session or do the following simple exercise here.

Session 1 slides (styled TEI source)

10:30–11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00 Session 2: Introduction to Descriptive Markup and the TEI (JF)

In this session we'll discuss the basic concepts of descriptive markup and its importance for the digital humanities; we'll also offer some brief background on the Text Encoding Initiative and its work.

Session 2 slides (styled TEI source)

1:30 - 2:30 Session 3: Basics of TEI markup (JF, SB)

In this session we'll go over the basics of TEI markup, looking at simple encoded examples.

Session 3 slides (styled TEI source)

2:30–3:00 Break

3:00 - 5:00 Session 4: Hands-on practice

This session gives participants the opportunity hands-on practice working with participants' own texts (sample texts will also be available) using templates provided.

Thursday, February 5

9:00 - 10:30 Session 5: Advanced encoding features

This session will introduce more advanced encoding concepts including linking, management of parallelism, representation of document rendition, overlapping hierarchies, and other topics.

Session 5 slides (styled TEI source)

10:30–11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00 Session 6: Hands-on practice

1:30 - 3:00 Session 7: TEI header and metadata (JF, SB)

This session will provide an overview of the TEI header and the kinds of metadata it can represent, as well as a brief discussion of how the TEI header is used in relation to other metadata standards such as METS and MODS.

3:00–3:30 Break

3:30 - 5:00 Session 8: Hands-on practice and introduction to CSS and XSLT (SB)

This session will continue the hands-on practice, and will also provide an overview of the use of stylesheets (CSS and XSLT) to view and transform XML documents.

Session 8 slides (styled TEI source)

Friday, February 6

9:00 - 10:30 Session 9: Encoding contextual information (JF, SB)

In this session we'll discuss the TEI's provision for representing contextual information about people, places, thematic topics, and other content of interest.

Session 9 slides (styled TEI source)

10:30–11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00 Session 10: Hands-on practice

1:30 - 3:00 Session 11: Customizing the TEI (SB)

This session will cover the TEI's customization mechanism, by which users can create custom TEI schemas to match specific project requirements.

Session 11 slides (styled TEI source)

3:00–3:30 Break

3:30 - 4:30 Session 12: Hands-on practice

In this hands-on session participants can practice developing a TEI customization, or can work on their encoding projects.

4:30 - 5:00 Wrap-up and discussion

We'll conclude the workshop with a discussion of how the TEI is or could be used in a library context, including new TEI initiatives such as TEI Tite (a TEI schema designed to facilitate vendor digitization of large-scale encoding projects). We'll also talk about how to learn more and how to participate in the TEI.

Wrapup slides (styled TEI source)