Using the basic TEI structural elements

19. The TEI Header

The TEI header was designed with two goals in mind
  • needs of bibliographers and librarians trying to document ‘electronic books’
  • needs of text analysts trying to document ‘coding practices’ within digital resources
On the one hand, the Librarian's header
  • uses standard bibliographic concepts
  • respects established mappings to other such records (e.g. MARC)
  • has a preference for structured data over loose prose
On the other, Everyman's header
  • Supports a (potentially) huge range of very miscellaneous information, organized in fairly ad hoc ways
  • Unpredictable combinations of narrowly encoded documentation systems and loose prose descriptions

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