Encoding Guide for Early Printed Books

Project analysis

In their initial stages, text encoding projects are like a dream world full of possibility. It is tempting, and often strategically necessary, to produce an initial project plan which is generous in scope and which demonstrates all the potential of the textual material. A plan of this sort can be useful in convincing your administration that the project is worth supporting, or in showing colleagues the long-term value of the work you are imagining. Project analysis is a reality check, in which you confront your specific constraints of time and funding so that you can choose, out of all possible avenues, the one that makes the most practical sense.

While the following set of questions is not comprehensive, it will suggest the kinds of issues that need to be considered, and how they may affect your encoding decisions.