I think I'd second Sebastian's comments in the sense that I think I'd 
misunderstood your plan: I thought you were going through TEI for print 
production, in which case the advantages of getting out of insight into 
a structural language are more difficult to see--so not uncertainty 
about the advantages, but rather an honesty about the cost/benefits.

I'd say given these goals that one relatively easy way of doing this 
might be to export via the native XML export utility and then XSLT it 
into some kind of basic TEI. When I have smaller documents with a very 
clear structure that I want to XML, I sometimes hire a student to just 
lay the structural code over a plain text version of the document while 
looking at the PDF formatted version. I.e. I train them to read the PDF 
version, and mark all the paragraphs with <p>, titles with <head>, etc. 
We then slap a teiheader on it, do any remaining cleaning up, and then 
have a nice basic structural text that we can enrich with more 
complicated meta data or semantic markup.

A third option (hopefully no more than a week or so away) is to take 
advantage of the TEI's upcoming membership benefit: AccessTEI. This is a 
programme that will allow members of the TEI to submit jobs for manual, 
double entry keying from a preferred vendor (Apex Covantage) using an 
online portal and a standard contract. The portal is in Beta testing 
right now and the training has occurred for the keyboarders. we are 
waiting for the last bugs to come out of the portal before launching.

Material from the AccessTEI programme are delivered in TEI Tite, a 
special customisation that is geared to capturing the core structural 
data of a document (paragraph division, milestones, font changes, etc.). 
It is pretty useful for this kind of work even outside the AccessTEI 
programme, though it uses some short hands and has other aspects that 
you'd want to convert to regular TEI after you were finished the basic 

On 10-05-07 08:30 AM, Hakan Elmqvist wrote:
> It is interesting to hear that proponents of TEI are unsure about TEI 
> advantages.
> From my simple point of view TEI offers several advantages over e.g. 
> pdf and html in web-publishing:
> fast browsing; excellent  indexing; document  structure  is evident; 
> nice and flexible layout; predictable cut’n paste;  displayed lower 
> quality images can be linked to high quality versions. Now these 
> advantages seem to some extent to be offset by a laborious production 
> procedure. (TEI benefits should really be more explicitly outlined on 
> the TEI home page.)
> Regarding Indesign (CS5) I feel that the export possibilities (xhtml, 
> epub and pdf) are unsatisfactory. Out of the box only pdf-exports 
> delivers something that resembles the original print proof.
> Having said that you should know that I have worked with software, 
> computers and networks since the late sixties but that I am totally 
> illiterate regarding layout, typography, printing and web-publishing. 
> The reason for my interest in TEI is the result of browsing the 
> internet for attractive publishing formats.
> Professor emeritus Håkan Elmqvist
> Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences & Technology
> KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE, Novum, 141 57 Huddinge, Sweden
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