TEI: Customization


Because the TEI Guidelines must cover such a broad domain and user community, it is essential that they be customizable: both to permit the creation of manageable subsets that serve particular purposes, and also to permit usage in areas that the TEI has not yet envisioned. Customization is a central aspect of TEI usage and the Guidelines are designed with customization in mind.

The TEI provides a number of basic, general-purpose customizations. One of the best-known of these is TEI Lite, which was originally designed as a demonstration of the customization mechanism, but has become popular as a simple TEI schema for basic encoding. Other basic customizations are listed below. To create your own customization, you can do one of the following:

Customizations provided by the TEI Consortium

Lite TEI Lite, the most widely used TEI customization; includes basic elements for simple documents ODD DTD RNG XSD HTML PDF
TEI Tite A constrained customization designed for use by keyboarding vendors. ODD DTD RNG XSD HTML PDF
Bare TEI Absolutely Bare, a very barebones schema with the absolute minimum of elements ODD DTD RNG XSD
All TEI with all modules included ODD DTD RNG XSD
Corpus TEI for Linguistic Corpora, includes the modules for encoding linguistic corpora ODD DTD RNG XSD
MS TEI for Manuscript Description, includes the elements for describing manuscripts and complex physical aspects of documents ODD DTD RNG XSD
Drama TEI with Drama, includes the TEI drama module ODD DTD RNG XSD
Speech TEI for Speech Representation, includes the TEI module for spoken language ODD DTD RNG XSD
The following customizations use features which are not available in the DTD and XSD schema formats.
Odds TEI for authoring ODD, includes the TEI module for creating ODD files and customizations ODD RNG
allPlus TEI with with all modules included, plus all external additions ODD RNG
TEI + SVG TEI with SVG ODD RNG
TEI + Math TEI with MathML ODD RNG
TEI + XInclude TEI with XInclude ODD RNG

Customizations provided by the TEI community

To have your customization listed, please contact web@tei-c.org.

Best Practices for TEI in Libraries
A guide for mass digitization, automated workflows, and promotion of interoperability with XML using the TEI (website, prose documentation, ODD files)
EpiDoc: Epigraphic Documents in XML
A P5 customization for encoding epigraphic materials (Guidelines, SourceForge site, ODD)
Digital Archive of Letters in Flanders (DALF)
A P4 customization for detailed encoding of letters (Project site and DTD files)
Model Editions Partnership
A P4 customization for encoding editions of historical documents (Project, guidelines, reference manual, DTDs)
TEI with Music Notation
A P5 customization allowing use of elements from the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI).

Please see the customizations category of the TEI wiki for more customizations and more about the customization process.