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Introduction to TEI

An introduction TEI XML for archivists, cataloguers and other library and information professionals.

This lesson is based on a series of three workshops delivered at The University of Manchester Library in November to December 2019. Learners were given “homework” activities at the end of each workshop. Some time was given at the start of the subsequent workshop to discuss these activities. Those three workshops have been adapted into “episodes” here.

Lesson design by Jane Gallagher, Elizabeth Gow, Dr Jo Edge and Phil Reed.

Special thanks to Prof David Denison, Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Dr Giles Bergel and Dr Christopher Ohge.


  • You will need to install an XML text editor. We recommend Oxygen.


Setup Download files required for the lesson
00:00 1. Introduction to TEI What is TEI?
How is TEI constructed?
How is TEI used?
02:00 2. Elements and Attributes How do I mark up a description?
How do I validate my markup?
04:00 3. Descriptions and Cataloguing How do you mark up a locus?
How do you link a locus?
How do manifests work?
How do I select and use authorities, and why should I use them?
06:00 Finish

The actual schedule may vary slightly depending on the topics and exercises chosen by the instructor.