Text Encoding Initiative: Background and Contexts

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Nancy Ide, Jean Véronis
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 31, 1995 - Computers - 242 pages
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Charles F. Goldfarb Saratoga. California If asked for a sure recipe for chaos I would propose a I am delighted that my invention, the Standard project in which several thousand impassioned special Generalized Markup Language, was able to play a ists in scores of disciplines from a dozen or more role in the TEl's magnificent accomplishment, particu countries would be given five years to produce some larly because almost all of the original applications 1300 pages of guidelines for representing the informa of SGML were in the commercial and technological tion models of their specialties in a rigorous, machine realms. It is reasonable, of course, that organiza verifiable notation. Clearly, it would be sociologically tions with massive economic investments in new and and technologically impossible for such a group even changing information should want the benefits of infor to agree on the subject matter of such guidelines, let mation asset preservation and reuse that SGML offers. alone the coding details. But just as clearly as the It is gratifying that the TEl, representing the guardians bumblebee flies despite the laws of aerodynamics, the of humanity's oldest and most truly valuable informa Text Encoding Initiative has actually succeeded in such tion, chose SGML for those same benefits. an effort. The vaunted "information superhighway" would The TEl Guidelines are extraordinary.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Its History Goals and Furute Development
5
The Design of the TEI Encoding Scheme
17
What is SGML and How Does It Help?
41
Character Representation
51
The TEI Header and the Documentation of Electronic Texts
75
Practical Considerations in the Use of TEI Headers in a Large Corpus
85
Encoding Verse Texts
99
Encoding Standards and the Prospects for an Integrated Approach to Computing in History
137
The Encoding of Spoken Texts
149
An Electronic Terminology Interchange Format
159
Encoding Dictionaries
167
The TEI Hypertext Guidelines
181
A Rationale for the TEI Recommendations for FeatureStructure Markup
191
Technical Problems and SGML Solutions
211
SGMLTEI Bibliography
233

Problems of Tagging Performance Texts
113
Textual Criticism
123

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