Introduction to coding literary texts with XML-TEI

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6, 7 & 8 November 2019, CESR, Tours, France

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The Institute for Renaissance studies (Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, CESR) and the team at the “Humanistic virtual libraries” (“Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes”, BVH) project in Tours have been running French-language TEI training courses since 2005 which have become increasingly popular with the advent of the “Digital Humanities” in France.

Conceived originally as a constituent part of a Masters level course “Patrimoine Écrit et Édition Numérique” (“Literary Texts and Digital Publishing”) at the CESR, this annual event is specifically aimed at professionals with a background in the teaching or study of literature, whether as researchers or support staff.

Target audience

  • All professionals interested in the structuring of textual sources with XML who already have a good working knowledge of handling literary texts and of HTML.
  • The course aims to promote a better  dialogue between  the complementary skills of research and support professionals.
  • In the practical sessions, participants will work with real life documents chosen from the CESR archives.


  • An introduction to the practicalities of coding in XML in accordance with the guidelines of the TEI.
  • A course primarily focused on literary documents (in printed and manuscript form).
  • The skills acquired will be transferable to modern texts.


Organiser in chief

  • Chiara Lastraioli, Head of the BVH project – Italian Literature, Professor at the CESR, University of Tours.


  • Lou Burnard, FConsultant in Digital Humanities, co-founder of the TEI.
  • Mathieu Duboc, Engineer at the CESR, BVH team (CNRS – University of Tours).
  • Alexei Lavrentiev, Research Engineer in the laboratory IHRIM, (CNRS – ENS, Lyon).

Course programme

The course, given in French, comprises alternate sessions of theory and directed practical work. The following topics will be covered :

  • The rudiments of XML.
  • A general introduction to the TEI.
  • Methodological issues associated with structuring documents and the concept of the TEI schema.
  • TEI conformant tools  for editing, converting, and maintaining XML documents.
  • An overview of the TEI community.
  • Encoding metadata for TEI documents.
  • Specific issues relating to coding printed books and manuscripts from the Renaissance.
  • Basic analyses of texts (quotations, speeches, named entities, etc.).

For more information please contact
Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, University of Tours, Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes, Sandrine

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