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The TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) is an international research effort established in 1987, intended to produce a community-based standard for encoding and interchange of texts. The original phase of this effort was supported by three of the most important scholarly associations in the field and by major funders in North America and Europe, and included scholars from all over the world and from nearly all the disciplines of the humanities. The TEI Guidelines and the SGML-based TEI DTD (Text Encoding Initiative Document Type Definition) are thus the result of the twentieth century's most important international standardisation effort for humanities-related data, and have gained wide acceptance within the humanities and beyond. In recognition of this, the TEI Consortium (TEI-C) has been established to maintain, develop, and further the use of the TEI standard.
The goals of the consortium are:
The fundamental principles on which the TEI-C is established are