TEI: P5 Guidelines

P5, the current version of the TEI Guidelines, was first released on 2 November 2007 and has had maintenance and feature enhancement releases every few months since then.

Get the P5 Guidelines

The TEI Guidelines, including the TEI schemas, the TEI source code, and the prose documentation, are published as open source software. They can be accessed and downloaded in a variety of forms, depending on how you want to use them.

  • The TEI schemas are now distributed with the <oXygen/> XML editor, together with a set of basic TEI templates.

Source and data support files for TEI Guidelines

In addition to the schema modules and example customizations generated for each release of the Guidelines, the following files are provided in the xml/tei/odd/ directory for use by those writing TEI tools such as editors or visualizations.

    • This is a text file with a comma-separated catalogue of all the attributes available on TEI elements, listing the element or class name, the attribute name, the datatype, and an indication (“multiple” or “single”) as to whether it can contain multiple values, e.g.,


    • This is a representation of all TEI modules, classes, elements and attributes (with their descriptions) in JSON format for consumption by Javascript tools in web applications. For example, this fragment provides summary information about the ab element:

      {“ident”:”ab”, “module”:”linking”, “desc”:”(anonymous block) contains any arbitrary component-level unit of text, acting as an anonymous container for phrase or inter level elements analogous to, but without the semantic baggage of, a paragraph. []”, “classes”:[{“att.global”:”atts”},{“model.pLike”:”model”},{“att.typed”:”atts”},{“att.declaring”:”atts”}], “model”:”MIXED”}

    • This is a copy of the reference component of the TEI source, extracting all the elementSpec, classSpec, macroSpec and moduleSpec elements, with descriptions. It does not include the text of the chapters of the Guidelines, and is intended for use by ODD processors which need to access all of the TEI components in a convenient single file.

  • This is a fragment of XSL which can be added to any transformation which is being applied to a TEI document. It consists of a xsl:strip-space element which lists all the elements which can not contain character data. This tells the processor it can ignore white space around child components of these elements.