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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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