Basic Manuscript and Physical Document Encoding

Julia Flanders


This tutorial covers the basic elements used to encode a TEI document, focusing on the fundamental structural elements for marking up your text (in particular, for basic prose, poetry, and drama). Building on these foundational elements, this tutorial discusses: Encoding phrase-level elements, like names, references, and linguistic features; correcting, regularizing, or modernizing the text, while still acknowledging the original; encoding authorial or editorial deletions and revisions of the text; and showing uncertainty about your reading of the text.

  1. Some philosophical issues
  2. A sample manuscript page
  3. Basic prose tagging
  4. More detailed encoding
  5. More details of the manuscript
  6. The bigger picture
  7. Basic document structures
  8. Poetry
  9. Drama
  10. Letters
  11. Transcriptional complexities: choices
  12. Transcriptional complexities: revision
  13. Transcriptional complexities: difficult or impossible to read
  14. Editorial nuance
  15. Encoding the physical document
  16. Simple page images
Basic Manuscript and Physical Document Encoding