TEI Lite means two different things: it means the tutorial, and it means
a specific customization of the TEI. And it has come to mean also a way
into the TEI for beginners, in which respect it is very widely used
indeed, not only in China or Japan or Korea. That's why there are so
many translations of the tutorial (to which I will now add the Chinese
one -- thanks for reporting its existence!) to the website.
The important thing to note is that the specific elements selected for
inclusion in TEI Lite are not going to change any time soon. The TEI
Lite schema for P5 already exists: its generation is a part of the
generation of the rest of the TEI scheme. But it is not immune from the
systematic changes that will affect the whole of the TEI, and so there
is already a new version of the TEI Lite schema, and there *will* be a
new version of the TEI Lite tutorial.
There's no question of leaving the TEI Lite schema behind, stuck only to
the TEI P4 way of doing things. That would be highly undesirable! One of
the tasks which I promised myself for this summer was to review just
what needed to change the TEI Lite tutorial to bring it inline with P5.
Since summer seems to have finished over here, maybe I'd better get on
Marcus Bingenheimer wrote:
> Dear list-members,
> This is about the status of TEI Lite after P5.
> I have been asked by a Buddhist Institute in Taipei to teach a class in
> XML/TEI. Long term aim is to facilitate the input of Chinese Buddhist
> texts. The original plan was to translate TEI Lite into Chinese during
> the class. Now, there is a pretty good, complete draft of Chinese TEI
> Lite already (at
> but there is still enough to do.
> The general question however seems to be: is it at all useful to teach
> a course based on TEI Lite these days? Won't the numerous changes in P5
> depreciate TEI Lite at least in parts? If so are there plans to
> revise/update TEI Lite?
> There are probably different opinions on this. From the point of view
> of someone working in Asia: TEI Lite as didactic tool is a *great* help
> for teaching the standard. Not the least because it is short enough to
> be translated. If we want to get TEI adopted in China, Korea & Japan,
> TEI Lite should stay on the platter.
> Greetings form Taipei
> Marcus Bingenheimer
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