Introduction to Text Encoding is a beginning level class designed to familiarize humanities scholars with encoding textual materials according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. The TEI Guidelines have long been the de facto international standard for encoding a wide variety of textual materials from books and manuscripts to magazines, correspondence, and legal documents.

We will look at current TEI-encoded digital humanities projects including, but not limited to: the O Say Can You See: Early Washington D.C. Law and Family Project, the Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive, and the Every Week Magazine Project. We will discuss how the use of TEI aids in providing access and discoverability.  We will discuss not only the hows of text encoding  — what tags to use and where to use them — but also the whys  — what aspects of the materials are encoded and how that encoding will impact scholars and other end users of the materials.

The course also acknowledges that TEI may not be appropriate for all materials and so it will touch on other approaches that may work better in those circumstances. Readings will be provided prior to the class for in-class discussion. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own source materials if available.