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This three-day course combines in-depth coverage of the latest version of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Recommendations for the encoding of digital text with hands-on practical exercises in their application. If you are a project manager, research assistant, or encoder working on any kind of project concerned with the creation or management of large amounts of digital text, this course is for you.

You should be be broadly familiar with the idea of marking up text, perhaps with some experience of producing HTML web pages, or of traditional scholarly editing. You should be enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by digital technologies and keen to learn more. You should be prepared to get your hands dirty at the keyboard and you should not be afraid of a little technical jargon.

At the end of the course we hope to have given you:
  1. a good grounding in the theoretical issues underlying the use of text markup, XML in particular;
  2. an understanding of the purpose and principles of the Text Encoding Initiative;
  3. a review of the full range of modules constituting the TEI's current Recommendations;
  4. an understanding of how the TEI scheme can be customized for particular applications, and internationalizated for different languages.
Using OUCS' excellent teaching facilities, we will also provide you with practical experience in:
  • using online tools to build, verify, and document a TEI-conformant schema
  • using XML editing software to
    • create new encoded texts
    • standardize existing digital texts
  • using a variety of web-based and desktop tools to display and analyse TEI documents
The timetable for the workshop is given below.
Session Topic Teacher
9.30-10.15am What is textual markup and why is it useful? What is XML? Lou
10.15-10.45am Exercise: document analysis Lou
10.45-11.15 refreshment break
11.15-12.00am How are XML files created and edited? Introducing the Punch files. Lou
12.00am-12.45pm Exercise: editing using oXygen. Lou
12.45-2pm lunch break
2-3pm The TEI default text structure, core elements and minimal header. Sebastian
3-3.30pm Exercise: editing a TEI file, using documentation Sebastian
3.30-4pm refreshment break
4-4.45pm The TEI class system, exploring the TEI landscape with Roma. Sebastian
4.45-5.30pm Exercise: Making and using your schema using Roma and oXygen. Sebastian
9.30-10.00am The TEI header and bibliographies James
10.00-10.45 Manuscript description and transcription Lou
10.45-11.15 refreshment break
11.15-11.35 Linking, and gaiji Sebastian
11.35-12.00 Analysis and linguistics Lou
12.00-12.45 Consultation on participants' own materials. Making and using specialised schemas. (all)
12.45-2pm lunch break
2-3pm Names, people and places Arianna
3-3.30pm Working with facsimiles James
3.30-4pm refreshment break
4-4.45pm Exercise: using the image markup tool James
4.45-5.30pm More consultation on participants' own materials. (all)
9.30-10.15am TEI technology in Kings projects Arianna
10.15-11.00am TEI technology in Oxford projects James
11.00-11.30 refreshment break
11.30-12.10 A classical application Sebastian
12.10-12.50pm Accessing TEI texts. Untangling the XML markup and extracting what you need; introducing standards such as XPath, XSLT, and XQuery James
12.50-1.45pm lunch break
1.45-2.30pm Using the TEI XSL stylesheet family and its localization features. Sebastian
2.30-3.00pm Exercise: using XSLT in oXygen Sebastian
3-3.30pm refreshment break
3.30-4.30pm Distribution of TEI XML resources; Exercise: Indexing and analysing the Punch corpus with XAIRA Lou
4.30-5.15pm Concluding discussion (all)

Sebastian Rahtz. Date: 2008-07-17
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