I'm writing from the perspective of a client working with a company who
is using TEI Lite DTD and has some modifications to make.
My impression -- albeit a simplistic one -- is that TEI copyrights the
contents of the TEI DTD and allows modifications to be done in external
files. Yet it seems like projects that use TEI end up modifying the
DTD itself. For instance, both of the sample projects on the TEI
website -- the Emblem Project Utrecht and the Brown University Women
Writers Project -- describe how they modify TEI DTD (and claim it
conforms to TEI Guidelines), rename the file as something else, and the
DTDs seem no longer to bear the TEI copyright notice. I'm told this
has been the customary practice for digital text projects.
1. I want to hear, first of all, whether I'm misunderstanding what TEI
2. If not, what is TEI's feeling about the way people are using
TEI? Are projects not handling TEI like it's intended? Or am
I reading this like the proverbial mattress tag.
3. How do project directors view this? Are you making modifications
according to guidelines or are there necessary deviations?
I hope to hear some valuable input within the day to help us with our
decisions regarding this.
Timothy W. Seid, Ph.D.
Project Director, Digital Quaker
Associate Dean of Distributed Learning,
Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN 47374