Teaching TEI: The Need for TEI by Example

Teaching TEI: The Need for TEI by Example

............................................................................................................................................................Melissa TerrasDepartment of Information Studies, University College London,London, UKRon Van den Branden and Edward VanhoutteCentre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies, RoyalAcademy of Dutch Language and Literature, Gent, Belgium.......................................................................................................................................AbstractThe Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)1 has provided a complex and comprehensive system of provisions for scholarly text encoding. Although a major focus of the ‘digital humanities’ domain, and despite much teaching effort by the TEI community, there is a lack of teaching materials available, which would encourage theadoption of the TEI’s recommendations and the widespread use of its text encoding guidelines in the wider academic community. This article describes the background, plans, and aims of the TEI by Example project, and why we believe it is a necessary addition to the materials currently provided by the TEI itself. Theteaching materials currently available are not suited to the needs of self directed learners, and the development of stand alone, online tutorials in the TEI are anessential addition to the extant resources, in order to encourage and facilitate the uptake of TEI by both individuals and institutions.

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