TEI by Example Module 5: Drama Ron Van den Branden Edward Vanhoutte Melissa Terras Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) Centre for Data, Culture and Society, University of Edinburgh, UK Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH), University College London, UK Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH), King’s College London, UK Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) , Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, Belgium
Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature Koningstraat 18 9000 Gent Belgium
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Edward Vanhoutte Melissa Terras
Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) , Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, Belgium Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) , Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature, Belgium Gent
Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies (CTB) Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature Koningstraat 18 9000 Gent Belgium

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9 July 2010
TEI By Example. Edward Vanhoutte editor Ron Van den Branden editor Melissa Terras editor

Digitally born

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.

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Summary

This tutorial module has focused on the encoding of specific phenomena of drama texts in TEI. When all of the concepts discussed are applied to the example text, this is how its transcription could look:

CHARACTERS: USER a computer user COMP a DECPDP-10 computer demigods: PROG the computer programmer ENGI an engineer helpdesk, narrator

The play is situated in an anonymous computer lab room, at an undetermined time. Technical equipment looks outdated, though, while suggesting naive technological optimism.

Prologue, spoken by USER: 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"
ACT I
SCENE 1: HELLO WORLD user, computer In a clean room without windows, a table stands in the middle, carrying a computer screen. The screen blinks, the computer emits random beeps. [A big screen on the left hand side of the stage displays the word HELLO, and will be used to project the contents of the computer screen. A big screen on the right hand stage of the stage displays the word WORD, until the action starts. Then, the user's face is filmed in close up and projected onto this screen.] (user enters room, walks towards the table, takes a seat, and reads what's on the screen) [spotlight follows user] COMP

Hello.

(user looks around and starts typing) USER

What is on the table?

COMP

The table does not exist.

(user frowns) USER

There is a table in the room.

COMP

Ok.

USER

What is on the table?

COMP

Nothing.

USER

There is a black box on the table.

COMP

Ok.

USER

What is on the table?

COMP

A black box.

USER

There is a black box on the table.

(computer beeps frantically) COMP

I know.

USER

There is a red ball in the black box.

COMP

Ok.

USER

Where is the black box?

COMP

The black box is on the table.

USER

What is in the black box?

COMP

A red ball.

USER

Where is the black ball?

COMP

I don't know what black ball you are talking about.

USER

Where is the red ball?

COMP

In the black box.

USER

There is a black ball in the box.

COMP

Ok.

USER

The red ball is on the table.

COMP

In fact the red ball is in the box.

USER

The ball in the box is small.

COMP

I cannot understand such a sentence at the present time.

USER

The black ball is small.

COMP

I see.

USER

What is in the box?

COMP

A small black ball and a red ball.

(user smiles, stands up, takes a small green ball out of his pocket, walks away throwing and catching the ball) [Kraftwerk's "Computer Love" accompanies the exit]
Epilogue, spoken by PROG: "And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" He chortled in his joy. 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. Hello World, and Goodbye.

Performed for the first time on the Festival for Computing in the Humanities, at Shakespeare's New Globe Theatre, London, on June 21, 2050.

Actors: Alfred Brown PROG Barry Crowne ENGI Douglas Everett USER
A fully encoded transcription of the example text.