Why TEI stand-off annotation doesn't quite work
and why you might want to use it nevertheless
Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw
The present submission focuses on the concept of stand-off annotation as it is implemented in the current version of the TEI Guidelines. We look at the motivation for choosing the stand-off approach to encoding Language Resources, briefly recount the history of the concept within the broadly conceived TEI setting (since TEI P3 and the LT NSL suite, through CES and XCES, ending in TEI P5), review the various kinds of hyperlink semantics and identify three kinds of reasons for the poor uptake of the TEI-recommended stand-off annotation approach to corpus encoding. We also suggest some solutions that may contribute to a change in the current state of affairs.