The TEI is a comparatively large encoding language with several hundred elements used to represent everything from line breaks to title pages. One of the most challenging things for the novice about learning TEI is knowing where to look things up; the TEI Guidelines themselves are divided into chapters that reflect the overall organization of the TEI schema, but these divisions are not necessarily obvious to someone coming to the TEI for the first time.

This section of the WWP’s Guide describes the details of encoding and the specific elements used. We’ve divided the entries here into conceptual groupings as described below. For each grouping we provide a general overview and links to the specific entries that fall under its rubric. Some entries may appear in more than one grouping.