TEI P5 version 2.3.0 released!

Dear TEI Community,

TEI P5 version 2.3.0 (Codename: Betty White) is now available from all the usual sources, such as the TEI-C website and SourceForge. The debian packages, TEI-C XSL, and oxygen-tei framework will be updated fairly soon. This release introduces both textual and schema-related changes, new features and a significant number of bug fixes. Mostly these are 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 http://tei.sf.net/ website.

We have continued in our aim of opening up the release process to as many different people on Council and in this case the newly elected Hugh Cayless (NYU Digital Library Technology Services) was the release technician. Able assistance was also given by several other council members on the TEI IRC channel (see http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/IRC for more information). As always this has produced a set of notes for how to improve the release process that will be fed back into http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Council/Working/tcw22.xml 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) is available at: http://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/readme-2.3.0.html

Many thanks to all,

James Cummings
(TEI Technical Council Chair)

TEI P5 version 2.3.0 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 feature request or bug ticket at http://tei.sf.net/ for consideration.

Since the last release (25 October 2012), the TEI Technical Council has closed 93 tickets entered in the SourceForge tracking system. During the same period 77 new tickets have been opened by the community according to https://sourceforge.net/projects/tei/stats/tracker?tracker=&dates=2012-10-25+to+2013-01-17.

Some of the highlights of the TEI P5 2.3.0 release include:

  • The creation of an att.source class resulting from http://purl.org/tei/bugs/3572502 in order to standardise the provision of the @source attribute for pointing to one or more sources of a bibliographic reference. Currently, the elements quoteqwriting, and egXML claim membership in this class.
  • A change of the att.sourced class to att.edition (to avoid confusion with the above), and the creation of an @edRef attribute to provide one or more pointers to the source edition in which the associated feature (e.g. page, column, or line break) occurs.
  • The addition of a schematron constraint to check that there is a @type attribute if there is a @subtype attribute; also abbr and title now get their @type from att.typed and so will now get a @subtype attribute as well.
  • The creation of a media element to indicate the location of any form of external media (such as an audio or video clip); also the creation of a new att.media class which provides@width, @height, and @scale attributes.
  • A change to label to claim membership in att.placement (for the @place attribute) and att.typed in response to http://purl.org/tei/fr/3527821
  • A tightening up of the use of morphological elements inside cit necessitating some of them to be wrapped in the gramGrp element in response to http://purl.org/tei/bug/3547289
  • Revising section on XML Whitespace for further clarity in response to a community contribution.
  • Removal of the default value from the definition of the @marks attribute on quotation. It was decided that a default value is unhelpful since the element is optional and affects the interpretation of the whole document; also the content model of quotation was changed from one or more model.pLike elements to zero or more of these allowing it to not have any child elements.
  • The creation of listPrefixDef and prefixDef to define prefixing schemes used in data.pointer values, showing how abbreviated URIs using the scheme may be expanded into full URIs. This is a powerful mechanism for providing a method allowing full documentation of private URI schemes which are then able to be dereferenced using the information in the prefixDef element. New prose was added to describe this at 16.2.3 – Using Abbreviated Pointers
  • A change to elements which claim membership in model.certLike in that this class has been added to the content model of space in response to http://purl.org/tei/bugs/3565137 allowing them to now be used here.
  • The @type attribute on biblScope has been deprecated and replaced with a @unit attribute for greater clarity. The @type attribute will be removed at a future release.
  • The locusGrp element has been added to the content model of msItemStruct, giving encoders a choice between locus or locusGrp, in response to http://purl.org/tei/fr/3575433
  • The citedRange element has been added inresponse to http://purl.org/TEI/FR/3555191 in order to enable users to document in a bibliographic reference the range within a larger text that is being cited.
  • Many tickets reporting small bugs such as typos, inconsistencies, or places where greater clarity was needed in the Guidelines. The TEI Technical Council would encourage any such reports, so if you spot a problem, please do let us know by filing a bug at http://purl.org/tei/bug.


Rome in 2013: TEI Conference / Members’ Meeting

TEI Conference and Members Meeting 2013 will take place in at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. The local committee is chaired by Fabio Ciotti, on behalf of the AIUCD – the Italian Associazione per l’Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale, in collaboration with the research Centre DIGILAB Sapienza. The Programme Committee is chaired by Arianna Ciula. News about the Call for Papers will follow shortly.

The Conference and Members’ Meeting will take place from 2 to 5 October, will start with the usual wealth of workshop (CFP to follow) and will include SIG meetings. Please save the date!

It is indeed our great pleasure to be able to hold our annual conference in Italy and in particular in Rome, where the use of TEI has been strong since the TEI’s early days and I really hope many of you will be able to come and enjoy the delights of a rich and vibrant the intellectual environment, the extraordinary artistic treasures of of the Eternal City and the legendary food (I can personally vouch for all of the above!).

Dr Elena Pierazzo
Lecturer in Digital Humanities
Department in Digital Humanities
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL

Phone: 0207-848-1949
Fax: 0207-848-2980

EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 22-25, 2013

EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 22-25, 2013

We invite applications for a 4-day training workshop on digital text-markup for epigraphic and papyrological editing, to be held in the Institute for Classical Studies, London. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard (KCL), James Cowey (Heidelberg) and Charlotte Tupman (KCL). There will be no charge for the teaching, but participants will have to arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a set of guidelines for using TEI XML for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient documentary texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias and Tripolitania, the US Epigraphy Project, Vindolanda Tablets Online and Curse Tablets from Roman Britain, Pandektis (inscriptions of Macedonia and Thrace), and the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML and markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object description in EpiDoc as well as use of the tags-free Papyrological Editor (papyri.info/editor).

No technical skills are required to apply, but a working knowledge of Greek or Latin, epigraphy or papyrology and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors or professionals.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk with a brief description of your reason for interest and summarising your relevant skills and background, by Friday March 1st, 2013.