How do I begin? The following documents
provide the basis for what you need in order to encode and contribute a
document to the EADA Database.
Documents for downloading:
The DTD used for this project is a TEI Document Type Definition created from a subset of the TEI. Right-click on the link above and save this file as "eada.dtd". This file is used for parsing the document each editor makes to ensure its accuracy compared to other project documents. A DTD is a a machine-readable text file that includes syntax that lists tags belonging to the project's tag-set. By parsing against the DTD, the editor is sure his/her document is encoded correctly.
Template: This document can be used as a basic template for encoding each document. Right-click on the link above and save this file as "EADAHeader.xml" in the same directory as the DTD.
The free text editor, "Jedit": This program can be used to electronically "parse" or compare the editor's XML document against the DTD to determine if there are any enocoding errors. Right-click on the link above and save this file as "jedit41install.jar". Set-up Information.
The Project Documentation
The Overview includes general
descriptions of procedures that should be used over the entire project
Using the Document Type Definition
Naming Conventions for
General Encoding Procedures for:
Special (or non-keyboard)
Numbering paragraphs <p>,
line groups <lg>, and lines <l>
Spacing in around elements
Punctuation in and around
The Element Description:
Element Description includes exact descriptions
and examples for encoding each element in this document.
Metaterms includes the list of terms used to describe the mode, form, geographic location, chronological designation, and subject, of EADA documents.