The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is an international project to develop guidelines for encoding digital texts; its coverage is mainly in the field of literature, linguistics, dictionaries and manuscripts, but it can be used for a wide variety of general encoding jobs. The TEI Guidelines were conceived in the late 1980s, and first released in the mid 90s based on the SGML. An XML version was published by 2001 (P4), and a new edition is in preparation (P5). The TEI defines about 350 elements in a dozen modules, with detailed and authoritative document and examples. It is fully ready to be extended.
Why is the TEI of interest here?
- the OSS Watch web site is authored using TEI XML
- the specification is released under the GPL
- the director of OSS Watch, Sebastian Rahtz, works on the TEI
Websites that use TEI as this back end include: