The vast majority of humanities research data is marked-up and stored as XML-TEI documents. We can say that TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) has become the de-facto standard technology within the digital humanities.
This workshop aims at introducing the attendees to the practical aspects of encoding XML documents marked-up according to the TEI guidelines, and then making use of these documents by applying other technolgies like Xpath, CSS, XSLT, and Xquery.
This workshop consists of a mix of talks and hands-on sessions, and the teaching approach is problem-based learning by means of exercises of increasing complexity.
It will be divided into two parts, lasting a week each, which can be taken independently.
- Week 1: will provide a gentle basic introduction to the production of digital text documents using XML and the TEI encoding scheme. It also deals with designing and validating document structures. This is a theoretical-practical, introductory-level course.
- Week 2: will move beyond encoding and will introduce Xpath, CSS, XSLT and XQuery. XML-TEI document rendering and transformation, deals with producing nice renderings by means of CSS stylesheets and XSLT transformations, and selecting/quering specific data using Xpath and Xquery. This is a hands-on, medium-level course.
Since its creation, TEI development has been driven by the needs of a large user community. The introduction to the features of TEI during the workshop will give participants a starting point to develop their own TEI-based projects.
Syllabus of week 1: Introduction to XML-TEI text encoding
- Ways of representing documents electronically
- Markup basics (SGML/XML)
- Text markup using XML and TEI
- High level tags
- Low level tags
- Markup of different literary styles
- Special-purpose tagsets
- Controlling document structure (DTDs and Schemas)
Syllabus of week 2: XML-TEI document rendering and transformation
- The XML family of technologies
- CSS sylesheets applied to XML and HTML documents
- Selecting nodes with Xpath
- XSLT transformations
- Visual modelling of document structures
OTHER ISSUES (if time allows)