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The Introduction to Text Encoding and the TEI from #dariahTeach might be 
useful. It is available from

https://teach.dariah.eu/

and there are versions in English, French, and Hungarian

best

susan



On 08/09/2018 09:44, Kathryn Tomasek wrote:
> Lou Burnard’s ebook is a quick read. Don’t know whether it’s right for this audience though.
>
>> On Sep 8, 2018, at 12:00 AM, TEI-L automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> There are 2 messages totaling 117 lines in this issue.
>>
>> Topics of the day:
>>
>>   1. Query on articles introducing TEI (2)
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Fri, 7 Sep 2018 17:59:10 +0100
>> From:    Peter Flynn <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Query on articles introducing TEI
>>
>> On 07/09/18 04:04, Charles Muller wrote:> I just received the following
>> from a local IT guy who is thinking about
>>> checking out the TEI conference next week:
>>>
>>>> Hello Charles,
>>>> Can you recommend a good article on explaining what TEI is, for people
>>>> who don't already know what it is? :-) I poked around the conference
>>>> website, then the tei-c.org website. Then I started looking at the P5
>>>> spec, and now I feel like I've gone from descriptions that are too
>>>> high-level to too low-level!
>>>>
>>>> I guess what I am trying to grasp is: why TEI? What is the problem it
>>>> solves, that <mainstream alternative> does not.
>> Good question. The Wikipedia article is good, but it doesn't directly
>> answer the second question, although the examples (prose, verse) provide
>> an indirect answer from which he may infer the Truth.
>>
>>> I gave him a brief response, comparing the flexibility and granularity
>>> of TEI to LaTeX, relational databases, etc. Can anyone recommend some
>>> appropriate articles?
>> _What does XML give the LaTeX user?_
>> https://tug.org/pracjourn/2005-2/flynn/flynn.pdf
>>
>> What I told my students was:
>>
>> The problem it solves (IMNSHO) is IDENTITY. XML (and by extension, TEI,
>> and all the other vocabularies) lets you say unambiguously that this
>> bunch of characters is the title of this document, and that this bunch
>> of characters is the seventeenth paragraph in the third section of
>> chapter 5. It usually says nothing at all about what it looks like, only
>> that it exists, and this is what people call it.
>>
>> (LaTeX, on the other hand, *could* be coerced into do that, but it's
>> much better storing your document in XML and using XSLT to turn it into
>> LaTeX when you want a formatted copy.)
>>
>> Relational databases are, in a wild generalization, useless for storing
>> any quantity of running text bigger than a shopping list. But they are
>> excellent for RELATED tables and lists.
>>
>> As your colleague is in IT, and I'm recently ex-IT support for TEI in my
>> institution, by all means tell him to email me if he wants to chat. If
>> he's going to support TEI, then the TEI Conference would be an ideal
>> place to start (it was an ACH meeting I went to where Lou and Michael
>> explained everything in fine detail that got me started).
>>
>> ///Peter
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Date:    Fri, 7 Sep 2018 12:30:00 -0500
>> From:    Kevin Hawkins <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Query on articles introducing TEI
>>
>> For a local IT guy without any particular background in textual studies,
>> I would start with http://www.tei-c.org/support/learn/ -- in particular,
>> the "Introducing the TEI Guidelines" and then any relevant links under
>> "Generic tutorials on the "Teach Yourself TEI" page.  --Kevin
>>
>>> On 9/6/18 10:04 PM, Charles Muller wrote:
>>> Colleagues,
>>>
>>> I just received the following from a local IT guy who is thinking about
>>> checking out the TEI conference next week:
>>>
>>>> Hello Charles,
>>>> Can you recommend a good article on explaining what TEI is, for people
>>>> who don't already know what it is? :-) I poked around the conference
>>>> website, then the tei-c.org website. Then I started looking at the P5
>>>> spec, and now I feel like I've gone from descriptions that are too
>>>> high-level to too low-level!
>>>>
>>>> I guess what I am trying to grasp is: why TEI? What is the problem it
>>>> solves, that <mainstream alternative> does not.
>>> I gave him a brief response, comparing the flexibility and granularity
>>> of TEI to Latex, relational databases, etc. Can anyone recommend some
>>> appropriate articles?
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Chuck
>>>
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