Encoding Guide for Early Printed Books

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Document analysis

Like project analysis, document analysis is an attempt to make explicit the constraints and assumptions that will affect your encoding practice. Project analysis looks outwards to contextual factors such as funding, audience, and duration; document analysis looks in towards your texts and examines their details. You will need to examine a representative set of sample documents and (ideally) do a preliminary encoding or marginal annotation indicating what significant document features are present and how they would be represented in TEI. The more samples you consider, the more likely you are to anticipate all of the challenges your collection entails, but clearly there are problems of scale: you want to be able to learn about your collection and plan your work accordingly before you actually encode the entire thing.

You should consider issues like the following: