This version of the TEI Guidelines 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. Lists of closed bugs and closed feature requests are available on the site.
Some of the more noticeable changes in this release include:
- Chapter 5 has been expanded to include new recommendations and suggestions for handling text directionality and writing modes, including vertical text.
- The <resp> element now claims membership in att.datable per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/513/.
- The use of <altIdentifier> as a direct child of <msPart> is now deprecated per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/294/: to be removed 2016-09-09.
- Dozens of links to external resources that have moved or disappeared have been fixed or replaced.
- Global elements were added to the content model of <personGrp> so that it matches more closely the permitted content of <person>, per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/648/.
- ‘e-mail’ is now consistently spelled ‘email’ per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/664/.
- Several bibliographic entries for examples were added.
- The deprecated form attribute of the <quotation> element was removed.
- A more detailed explanation the difference between datingMethod and calendar was added per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/668/.
- The <constraintSpec> element is now allowed inside <specGrp> per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/508/.
- The discussion of stand-off markup, in particular of the TEI XPointer schemes, has been expanded and improved.
- <msDesc> now claims membership in att.declaring (and thus gets the decls attribute).
- Vestiges of the ‘mandatory when applicable’ and ‘recommended when applicable’ attribute usage statuses were removed per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/676/.
- Schematron validation now confirms that multiple pointers appear in the target attribute on either <join> or <link>, and that only a single pointer appears in the from and to attributes of <span> per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/671/.
- The escape to indicate a dollar sign in the value of replacementPattern was changed from
$$ per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/629/.
- The content model of <summary> was changed from macro.phraseSeq to macro.specialPara, thus allowing children like <cit> and <quote> per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/616/.
- <availability> has been added to model.biblPart and directly to the content models of <series>, <analytic>, and <monogr> as per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/484/.
- The descriptions of <biblScope>, <citedRange> and <locus> now explain how to cite single pages or ranges that only specify an initial location per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/389/.
- The Guidelines no longer assert on the title page that they are published in Charlottesville, Virginia.
- <rs> is now a member of att.responsibility, thus giving it the cert and resp attributes per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/509/.
- The medium attribute of att.handFeatures (and thus of the <handNote>, <handShift>, <scriptNote>, and <typeNote> elements) now permits multiple values from its enumerated list of values.
- The prose of the Guidelines and the element specification for <list> have been changed to differentiate between the type attribute, which should be used to identify the category of list, and the rendering attributes (rend, style, and rendition) which should be used to indicate how the list is rendered. Per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/460/.
- The element specification for <education> was enhanced to show an example using the from and to attributes as well as the notBefore and notAfter attributes, to suggest more precise ways of indicating dates, if appropriate. Per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/654/.
- The new attribute is now mandatory on the <shift> element as per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/512/.
- The content model of <geogFeat> and <offset> is now macro.phraseSeq, making them parallel to <geogName> per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/460/.
- The <listRelation> element and members of model.headLike are now permitted as children of <listRelation> per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/658/.
- A new metadata element, <punctuation>, has been added to model.editorialDeclPart for describing editorial practice with respect to punctuation marks.
- The <surfaceGrp> element was removed from att.coordinated, thus losing the start, ulx, uly, lrx, lry, and points attributes, per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/679/.
- The discussion of the content of <publicationStmt> was altered to match the schema per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/685/.
- And, of course, dozens of typos were corrected.
In addition, improvements have been made to the XSL stylesheets (which provide processing of TEI ODD files for Roma and OxGarage as well as other TEI conversions). The Stylesheets are maintained separately from the Guidelines and are at https://github.com/TEIC/Stylesheets.