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The East Asian cultural region has a long and rich literary tradition that extends as
far back as the first millennium BCE. While the basic writing system for most of the
early and middle of East Asian literature was that of the Chinese ideograph
On the other hand, Japanese researchers have recently engaged themselves in encoding Japanese and East Asian texts according to the TEI guidelines. However, while there is already a large amount of Japanese electronic texts on the Web, including over 10,000 public domain texts distributed by Aozora-Bunko (similar with Gutenberg project) and Buddhist texts including 100 million characters, Japanese textual researchers have often faced difficulties in various levels of TEI-XML encoding, such as the lack of appropriate elements and attributes, differences of text models, and management of sharing good practices of encoding.
To begin to deal with these kinds of problems, we have formed the Special Interest Group for East Asian/Japanese. We expect the SIG to be a window between the consortium and Japanese practitioners to improve the situation. Therefore, we will address to form a general guideline for encoding Japanese text within TEI P5 Guidelines and clarify the lack of parts of textual models and elements in the guidelines in the first phase.
Furthermore, one of our primary goals would be to expand the SIG to cover East Asian Texts more broadly, including Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese practitioners.
The SIG also maintains a number of wiki pages.