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An Introduction to XML and TEI

This guide provides an introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative.


If you have questions after reading this guide, please contact Dan Tracy (, head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing. 

For assistance with XML or other digital humanities tools and resources, don't hesitate to contact the Scholarly Commons staff by email ( or call 217-244-1331. For more information, visit the Scholarly Commons.

TEI in Action

Here are some other examples of TEI in action. Remember that each of these applications of TEI must follow the rules of XML

For manuscripts, TEI can also accommodate the need to encode