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The Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) is pleased to
announce the availability on the World-Wide Web of three pilot projects
in SGML markup according to the guidelines of the TEI (Text Encoding
Initiative). These are the first in what we hope will be a continuing
series of projects to demonstrate various ways of using TEI encoding to
create Humanities resources.
 
The projects' front page is at URL:
http://www.ceth.rutgers.edu/projects/hercproj/front.htm
 
All three projects were created using desktop PC's and programs running
on them (SoftQuad Author/Editor and Panorama; WordPerfect 6.1, SGML
Edition), with the object in mind that they would provide models for
what could be done by scholars in the Humanities with minimal technical
support. Because they are encoded in SGML (Standard Generalized Markup
Language), the texts created are platform-independent, compatible with
any application which handles the standard.
 
The projects have been designed to demonstrate a range of scholarly and
educational applications of the TEI: we have produced an edition of a
text rendered in both print and networked versions (an electronic
edition of Walter Pater's "The Child in the House"); an edition with
critical commentary which demonstrates the uses of TEI linking
mechanisms in a hypertext rendition (Chapter 1 of Zora Neale Hurston's
Their_Eyes_Were_Watching_God); and a multimedia rendition of a
Renaissance manuscript in facsimile and analytical transcription (John
Donne's Elegy "Love's Progress").
 
The pages also include a quick guide to configuring WordPerfect 6.1,
SGML Edition, for use with the TEI. The SGML texts, as provided, are
configured to be browsed using SoftQuad's Panorama (which runs on a
Windows platform; instructions on obtaining a copy of the free version
are available at the site).
 
Cordially,
Wendell Piez
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH)
Rutgers and Princeton Universities
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