TEI by ExampleModule 7: Critical EditingRon Van den BrandenEdward VanhoutteMelissa TerrasAssociation for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC)Centre for Data, Culture and Society, University of Edinburgh, UKCentre for Digital Humanities (CDH), University College London, UKCentre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH), King’s College London, UKCentre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) , Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, BelgiumCentre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB)Royal Academy of Dutch Language and LiteratureKoningstraat 189000 GentBelgiumctb@kantl.beEdward VanhoutteMelissa TerrasCentre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) , Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, BelgiumCentre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) , Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, BelgiumGentCentre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB)Royal Academy of Dutch Language and LiteratureKoningstraat 189000 GentBelgium
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9 July 2010TEI by Example.Edward VanhoutteeditorRon Van den BrandeneditorMelissa Terraseditor
TEI by Example offers a series of freely available online tutorials walking individuals through the different stages in marking up a document in TEI (Text Encoding Initiative). Besides a general introduction to text encoding, step-by-step tutorial modules provide example-based introductions to eight different aspects of electronic text markup for the humanities. Each tutorial module is accompanied with a dedicated examples section, illustrating actual TEI encoding practise with real-life examples. The theory of the tutorial modules can be tested in interactive tests and exercises.
Module 7: Critical Editing
Below is a brief critical edition of
Nocturne, a short poem by Thomas McGreevy. In a parallel-segmented apparatus, the edition encodes the variants of 4 versions:
Nocturne, Saint Eloi, 1918 (TCD 7878/1/2)Nocturne of St. Eloi, 1918 (TCD MS 7989/1/3)Nocturne, Saint Eloi (TCD MS 79891/1)This poem was published in Poems as Nocturn
Let’s assume this has been encoded as follows:
Spot the obvious mistake, and correct it.Although this encoding is perfectly valid, it takes the entire verse line as the unit of variation. In terms of variant representation, this could be made more informative, by encoding the variants under the line level. Try this.This variant encoding at word level allows you to group readings and qualify them (punctuation, spelling, substantial variation, ...). Enrich your variant encoding with such categories.Complete this critical edition by documenting the list of witnesses the wit attributes then can properly refer to.
McGreevy, Thomas. Nocturne. Encoded and made available by the University of Maryland University Libraries, as sample for the Versioning Machine. Available online at .