Data standards such as SGML, TIFF, US-MARC, and XML are at the heart of what we create and purchase at the Etext Center. From the earliest draft release of the Text Encoding Initiative guidelines (P1) in 1991 we have been creating full-text humanities SGML documents; for several years the TEI headers to our texts have been converted by a program into US-MARC records in order to ease their inclusion into the general library catalog.
Being immersed in other forms of SGML made us the ideal candidates to introduce HTML encoding to the University community, starting very popular short courses in 1993/4 that continue to this day. We look to continue this data standards education with the arrival of XML this year.
In 1997 we joined forces with Special Collections to take part in an NEH grant to implement a "beta" version of an SGML tagset --EAD, the Encoded Archival Descriptions DTD -- across four universities. This method of encoding archival documents has already taken root in the archival communities, and we were pleased to be able to contribute data creation and delivery expertise to this project.
Quick-Start Guide for New E-Texters
About HTML and related technologiesTEISee also the UVa Etext Center's helpsheets on HTML
The Electronic Text Center Introduction to TEI and Guide to Document Preparation.
TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (P4)
TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (P3)
The Text Encoding Initiative Home Page
Description of Text Encoding Initiatives (TEI) Header Elements and Corressonding USMARC Fields
TEI2MARC Mapping Based on TEILITE.DTD from the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center
EAD Guides at the University of Virginia
ISO Special Characters
ISO 639 Language Codes
About Archival Imaging at the Etext Center