We tend to work on the basis that the TEI <text> element for an edition
of a primary-source text should contain only the transcription of the
original text; the critical introduction and similar materials are
usually encoded as separate TEI files, and linked through <relatedItem>
or a similar mechanism.
This is not to say that an eventual output from the project wouldn't
combine these files into a single web page, or PDF, or ePub; it's just
that we like advantages of the clear separation in the XML encoding,
which enables us to have (for instance) front, body and back in the
critical introduction as well as in the primary source, if we need to.
On 2018-10-29 12:49 a.m., Roberto Rosselli Del Turco wrote:
> Dear Thomas,
> the first thing to decide is *where* you are going to publish the
> introduction for your digital edition, because some projects prefer to
> have a dedicated web site which is actually separate from the actual
> published edition; in the which case, you can have a minimal TEI header
> since everything is published elsewhere. See for instance the Codice
> Pelavicino Digitale:
> Note that in the digital edition proper you have *part* of a critical
> introduction, since the content of the <msDesc> element is available via
> the MS Desc button:
> (very slow web server at the moment, please be patient).
> We're considering supporting a full introduction to a digital edition in
> EVT directly inside the latter, however, by expanding the "Project Info"
> window. What would you think of that? Many scholars prefer a separate
> web site, but I'm starting to lean towards the "everything in the
> digital edition" solution.
> Last note, if not in the header I would put such an introduction in the
> <front> element.
> Best regards,
> Il 29/10/18 08:32, Thomas Stäcker ha scritto:
>> Dear list,
>> even though I have been working with the TEI for a couple of years I
>> am still uncertain about the function and role of the teiHeader versus
>> a critical introduction that as a rule precedes every serious critical
>> edition. I checked the archive of the list, but couldn‘t find any
>> discussion or recommendation about that matter, but might have
>> overlooked it. Currently we include the critical introduction in the
>> body of the edition (<body><div type=„introduction“>). This solution
>> is taken from examples of analog editions that are encoded according
>> to the TEI and where it is evident that all parts of the text
>> including the editorial introduction have to be represented in the
>> digital version of it either. However, when we turn to a born digital
>> edition things are less clear as we can populate the teiHeader with
>> that kind of meta-information. In addition, the teiHeader offers
>> markup that is especially designed and dedicated to describe that
>> particular kind of information whereas the critical introduction in
>> the body would be less normative. Accordingly, the critical
>> introduction can be regarded as in a way redundant to the Header or
>> even superfluous. My question is if there exists any recommondation
>> about how a critical introduction shall be treated in born digital
>> editions. I feel a teiHeader should be there anyway, but how is it to
>> be distinguished from the critical introduction or how can this
>> relation of the teiHeader to the critical introduction be defined? I'd
>> be most grateful for any hint or recommendation.