Publishing TEI documents with TEI Simple

A case study at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian

Joseph C. Wicentowski

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian

Wolfgang Meier

eXist Solutions GmbH

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Publishing TEI documents with TEI Simple

A case study at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2015
August 11 - 14, 2015

Abstract

TEI Simple addresses two challenges shared by many humanities-based text digitization projects that adopt the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines: (1) it defines a reduced tag set focused on the needs of encoding modern and early modern books to support interchange, and (2) it adds a processing model for TEI documents which can be expressed with the TEI vocabulary itself, and without requiring any knowledge about the specific target media. The result is a promising technology stack that empowers editors to control the output of their documents across media formats without reliance on stylesheet experts or programmers, and both simplifies and reduces the cost of application development. This presentation will demonstrate the Office of the Historian’s recent adoption of TEI Simple for its publications using the TEI Simple Processing Model library for eXist.