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:
- Use the Roma web tool to select TEI modules, add and delete elements, and make other choices; see Creating TEI Customizations with Roma for more detailed information on using Roma.
- Write your own customization by hand using the TEI ODD language; see Getting Started with P5 ODDs and Using the TEI (Chapter 23 of the Guidelines) for more detailed information on how to do this.
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|
|TEI Tite||A constrained customization designed for use by keyboarding vendors||ODD||DTD||RNG||XSD||HTML|
|TEI simplePrint||An entry-level customization, focused primarily on the needs of those encoding Western European early modern printed material||ODD||DTD||RNG||XSD||HTML|
|jTEI Article||A highly-constrained customization intended for creating journal articles, in particular for submission to the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative||ODD||RNG||XSD||HTML|
|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|
|allPlus||TEI with with all modules included, plus all external additions||ODD|
|TEI + SVG||TEI with SVG||ODD|
|TEI + Math||TEI with MathML||ODD|
|TEI + XInclude||TEI with XInclude||ODD|
Customizations provided by the TEI community
Below are customizations that have been created by members of the TEI community.
To have your customization listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the customizations category of the TEI wiki for more customizations and more about the customization process.