CFP: Issue 6 of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative

CFP: Issue 6 of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative

Selected Papers from the 2012 TEI Conference and Members Meeting Papers due 30 January 2013

Issue 6 of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative will be selected papers from the 2012 TEI Conference held at Texas A&M. Any paper, poster, demonstration that was presented at the 2012 conference can be submitted to this issue.

Submissions will be accepted in two categories: research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words and shorter articles reflecting poster sessions, lightning presentations, or new tools or services of 2000-4000 words.  Both may include images and multimedia content. For further information and submission guidelines please see

Closing date for submissions is 30 January 2012. This issue will be guest edited by Laura Mandell and Elena Pierazzo. The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative is a peer-reviewed open source publication hosted by

Any questions about this issue should be directed to

Susan Schreibman
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative

TEI P5 version 2.2.0 is released!

Dear TEI Community,

TEI P5 version 2.2.0 (Codename: Primrose Path) is now available from all the usual sources, such as the TEI-C website and SourceForge. The debian packages and TEI-C XSL will be updated soon. This release introduces both textual and schema-related changes, mostly based on bug and feature request tickets submitted to SourceForge by the TEI community. If you notice anything that has changed in error, or want to submit additional changes, please do so on the website.

We have continued in our aim of opening up the release process to as many different people on Council and in this case Piotr Bański (Institut für Deutsche Sprache in Mannheim and Institute of English Studies at the University of Warsaw) was the release technician. Able assistance was also given by Martin Holmes (University of Victoria) who updated the oxygen-tei package. As always this has produced a set of notes for how to improve the release process that will be fed back into for future releases. The greatest thanks are due not only to the TEI Technical Council for undertaking the work, but the TEI community for submitting tickets!

A text version of the release notes is below, but a version (with links to tickets) is available at:

Many thanks to all,

James Cummings
(TEI Technical Council Chair)

TEI P5 version 2.2.0 release notes

This version of the TEI introduces new features and resolves a number of issues raised by the TEI community. As always, the majority of these changes and corrections are a consequence of feature requests or bugs reported by the TEI community, using the SourceForge tracking system. If you find something you think needs to change in the TEI Guidelines, schemas, tools, or website, please submit a ticket at for consideration.
Since the last release (16 June 2012), the Council has closed at least 82 tickets entered in the SourceForge tracking system, from 25 different members of the TEI community (10 more than in the previous release!). Full details may be found at and an active list sorted by ticket number is also available. Ticket numbers are also referenced in the subversion ChangeLog, as usual, which records around 490 commits during this period.

1  Schema Changes

Some of the important or interesting schema-related changes include:
* After much discussion, the datatype and usage of the global attribute @rend was clarified. In response to 3519866, a new global @style attribute was created to allow local description of the source document’s appearance using a formal style definition language such as CSS
* Increasingly, the Technical Council is attempting to provide more consistent Schematron constraints for additional validation (3557497, 3548772, 3064757)
* A new <listApp> element was added, along with other improvements for recording critical apparatus (3497356)
* The model.glossLike class was subdivided, to ensure that only members such as <desc>, <precision>, or <equiv> appear in the content of appropriate elements. (3565137)
* The @scheme attribute on <keywords> was made optional (3554050)
* A new att.milestoneUnit class was created to ensure consistency in use of @unit (3537452)
* Tighter restrictions were imposed on the content model of <gi> and <att> (3535672)
* The content model of <table> was changed to allow model.divBottom (footers, etc.) at the bottom (3531957)
* The <idno> element is now allowed inside <person> and <place> (3440977)
* The <lg> element, after much debate, is now allowed inside <p> (3532022)
* In the content model of <editionStmt>, explicit reference to <respStmt> has been replaced with model.respLike for greater flexibility (3439587)
* <biblStruct> can now be used for patent citations: the <monogr> element now allows an <authority> and an <idno> but no <title>, and <imprint> now allows <classCode> and <classRef>. (3513147)

2  Textual Changes

Some of important textual changes in the Guidelines include:
* Correction of typos, clearer explanations, or provision of new examples in various sections of the Guidelines: (e.g. 3576189, 3573757, 3572375, 3571101, 3561766, 3553911, 3552973, 3549757, 3547934, 3545113, 3539329, 3538141, 3537574, 3536504, 3535717, 3522019, 3521714, 3521288, 3519772, and others)
* Standardization of use of em and en dashes in the Guidelines (3471119)
* Clarification on the use of XPath to point to readings from an external apparatus (3497369)
* New section (23.1) added referencing the application/tei+xml IANA-registered media type (3565152)
* Greater clarification of ISO language codes and consistency in our recommendations and use of @xml:lang (3454803)

3  Environment Changes

The TEI Technical Council continually strives to improve the underlying infrastructure used to edit, store, test, and publish the outputs it creates. During this release cycle some of these infrastructure changes include:
* The TEI source code now references its component parts by means of XInclude rather than by using system entities (3547869)
* TEI ODD processing now supports local modification of classes, so an element can claim membership of an attribute class (e.g. att.typed) while still redefining an element provided by the class locally (e.g. the @type attribute’s value list)
* The HTML generated from the Guidelines now uses relative links to make browsing them in the Jenkins continuous integration servers easier (3556966)
* Various improvements to ODD processing, improvements to the TEI build infrastructure, especially in the testing framework and Schematron constraints
* The marking of TEI P4 as ‘deprecated’ in oxygen packages
* Improvements to the handling of exemplars during the build process
* Provision of additional outputs (e.g. JSON and JSONP see release/xml/tei/odd/) as default release items
* Many changes have been made to the TEI-C Stylesheet library to support these changes, fix reported bugs, and provide new features

4  New release of TEI Lite

An updated version of the ever-popular TEI Lite tutorial has been included with this release in the Exemplars directory. This new version has been updated to take advantage of the many new features introduced in the TEI since its first appearance in 1996, but has not changed in its original design goal, of aiming to specify the 50 or so TEI elements likely to be useful to 90% of TEI projects. There are no plans to update this tutorial, but we will continue to check that it remains compatible with future releases.


James Cummings
Chair of the TEI Technical Council

Dr James Cummings,
Research Support, IT Services, University of Oxford

TEI Conference Banquet

The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce that it will be holding a banquet for the 2012 Annual Conference and Members’ Meeting of the TEI Consortium.

The reception and banquet for the conference and meeting will take place at the Benjamin Knox Gallery and Event Center in College Station on Friday, November 9th, 2012. We are pleased to invite all conference attendees and speakers to the conference reception from 5:30-7:00 PM, where we will be offering two drink tickets for all.

The banquet will be held from 7:00 PM to midnight. We are very excited to announce that Chef Tai will be catering our meal for the night, serving food from 7:00-9:00 PM. Chef Tai is the winner of Food Network’s America’s Favorite Food Truck and the head chef of College Station’s gourmet restaurant Veritas Wine and Bistro. He has agreed to serve us his award-winning gourmet meals from his authentic Texas food truck directly outside the Benjamin Knox Gallery, and he will be offering meat, vegetarian, and vegan options for all guest.

We request that you register for this event at the TEI conference website. We will be charging $50 a head for the banquet meal and gathering for regular attendees and charging $10 a head for all student attendees of member institutions. Please see the below link, and I look forward to seeing you all at this very special event in sunny Texas soon!

Laura Mandell
Professor of English
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Texas A&M University
237 Blocker, MS 4227
College Station, TX 77843-4227
(979) 845-8345
FAX: (979) 826-2292