A Quick Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium


The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium develops and maintains guidelines for encoding text-types most commonly used by humanities researchers into a machine-readable form. The organization began in 1987 with the first version of the Guidelines dating to 1990. The current Guidelines, known as P5, were first released in 2007 and are updated regularly every six months. Contributors to this project come from a wide range of countries and group affiliations. Within the TEI are numerous special interest groups working on developing the coding most relevant to their interests. Current groups for example include those working on East Asian/Japanese texts, graphs, manuscripts, and newspapers among others, developing standards for encoding these materials with all their particular specifications.

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