Encoding Guide for Early Printed Books

The templates listed below are very generic samples, showing extremely simple encoding. For some projects, these templates may be useful without modification, but we expect that most projects will need to use these as a starting point and modify them to suit local needs. They are not intended to sketch the full structure for any document, but rather to illustrate the basic building blocks of the encoding for each genre.

Sample templates using standard TEI P4

These templates use a TEI P4 DTD which includes the tag sets that are most applicable to the encoding of early printed books. These include (in addition to the mixed base tag set) the following: Prose; Drama; Verse; Linking, Segmentation and Alignment; Transcription of Primary Sources; Names and Dates; and Figures.

Overall TEI document structure: This template illustrates the encoding of the overall document skeleton, including the TEI header and the text itself.

General text structure: This template illustrates the structure of the text, including front, body, and back matter. It omits the TEI header; see below for sample header templates.

Simple prose: This template shows the basic components of a simple prose document. It omits the TEI header; see below for sample header templates.

Simple verse: This template shows the basic components of a simple verse document consisting of a series of short poems. It omits the TEI header; see below for sample header templates.

Long poem: This template shows the structure of a single long poem. It omits the TEI header; see below for sample header templates.

Simple drama: This template shows the basic components of a simple dramatic document. It omits the TEI header; see below for sample header templates.

Simple TEI header: This template gives a simple TEI header showing the minimal elements needed for responsible documentation of scholarly sources. Note that this header provides more information than is needed to ensure validity; it also omits some features that many projects will find important. A more extensive header is provided in the template below.

Extensive TEI header: This template gives a fairly extensive TEI header illustrating the main features of interest to scholarly encoding projects. Some advanced features of the header (such as text classification or the documentation of handwriting) are not included.