Week 1 / January 16th

Introductions and overview
After introductions and an overview, we’ll examine various Web sites as a means of demonstrating the functionality of markup languages and the structure of the Web. We’ll progress from ordinary Web pages based on HTML to scholarly sites built on TEI. We’ll also examine the course TEI Web site and get you started on adding content to that site.

Readings for the week are to be completed by class time. Journal articles can be accessed through the library’s website. 

The assignments page contains assignment descriptions.

Week 1

Week 2 / January 23rd

Critical editions and digital texts
Continuing the discussion of the digital landscape, we’ll examine issues in editing a text for a scholarly audience. Professor McCormick (Romance Languages) will visit the class to discuss his NEH-funded project to translate a medieval Franco-Italian epic, which will be encoded in TEI.

McGann, Jerome. “The Future is Digital.” Journal of Victorian Culture 13.1 (2008): 80- 88.

Earhart, Amy E. “The Digital Edition and the Digital Humanities.” Textual Cultures: Text, Contexts, Interpretation 7.1 (2012): 18-28.

Szpiech, Ryan. “Cracking the Code: Reflections on Manuscripts in the Age of Digital Books.” Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 3.1 (2014): 75-100.

Week 2

Week 3 / January 30

Origins and development of textual markup languages
This session will examine how TEI-based digital texts differ not just from print but also from other digital text formats, such as HTML, EPUB, or PDF. We’ll examine the origins of TEI in SGML and the evolution of markup languages into XML.

Renear, Allen H. “Text Encoding.” A Companion to Digital Humanities (2004), available at

Gentle Intro to XML.”

Ide, Nancy M., and Christopher Michael Sperberg-McQueen. “The TEI: History, goals, and future.” Computers and the Humanities 29.1 (1995): 5-15.

Blog post #1 due.

Week 3

Week 4 / February 6

Document analysis of manuscripts and rare books
This session will meet in the library’s Special Collections and Archives. Through examining actual physical artifacts, students will practice identifying the most significant components of a manuscript or rare book and consider why and how these elements should be encoded.

Document analysis worksheet

Document Analysis for Schema Design

A Very Short Introduction to Document Analysis

Romary, Laurent . “Questions & Answers for TEI Newcomers.” Jahrbuch für Computerphilologie

Blog post #2 due.

Week 5 / February 13

Defining the scope of an encoding project
Groups will finalize the choice of material for their projects and begin identifying the level of detail for the project. Among the considerations: who is the audience, approach to regularization of text, errors, variants, graphical and material features. Also, consider whether to add additional information such as glossary, biographical, and historical context. Use this project rationale worksheet.

*** Raffaele Viglianti from Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will be joining us during class today. He will discuss his Digital Humanities experience (he’s finishing up a PhD at King’s College London) and his interest in the Music Encoding Initiative. He will work with each group as you flesh out your project proposal. ***

Hayles, N. Katherine. “Translating media: Why we should rethink textuality.” The Yale Journal of Criticism 16.2 (2003): 263-290.

Blog post #3 due.

Week 6 / February 20

Introduction to TEI with the oXygenXML editor
oXygenXML is the premier editor for preparing TEI documents. This entire class session will focus on hands on use of the oXygenXML editor.

Cummings, James. “The Text Encoding Initiative and the Study of Literature.” A Companion to Digital Humanities (2004), available at

Browse through the 1,600+ pages of the TEI: P5 Guidelines (http://www.tei-

Project proposal part 1 due.

Week 7 / February 27

Washington Break – no classes

Week 8 / March 6

The role of schemas in markup languages
TEI provides a broad vocabulary for describing texts. The spirit of TEI is that each project defines a specific schema that specifics which elements are allowed. This class session explores ODD (“One Document Does it all”) as a simple method for creating schemas for the group projects.

We’ll use Roma to customize a schema for your project. Instructions

Project proposal part 2 due.

TEI and schemas slides

Week 9 / March 13

SSA – no class. You’re encouraged to attend the Digital Humanities panel. Time and place TBD

Week 10 / March 20

Project work
Groups will focus the entire class period on hands-on work with TEI tagging using the XML editor.

Week 11 / March 27

Project work
Groups will focus the entire class period on hands-on work with TEI tagging using the XML editor.

Linking in TEI slides

Week 12 / April 3

Publishing TEI
A hands-on session in how groups display their TEI project on the web. While there are many options for Web publishing of TEI, we’ll focus on utilizing TAPAS, the TEI Archiving Publishing and Access Service.

Flanders, Julia and Scott Hamlin. “TAPAS: Building a TEI Publishing and Repository Service.” Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative June 2013.

Publishing TEI

Week 13 / April 10

Presentations & discussion of class project

Group presentation and final project product due.

Exam week / April 17

Post-project (individual analysis). This analysis is submitted directly to the instructors and will not be shared with the class or posted on the course site and is due by the end of exam week.

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