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The Electronic Scriptorium: Markup for New Testament Manuscripts

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In the early days of printing, most textual editions were effectively transcriptions of single manuscripts, again often marked up for the guidance of the compositors, as can still be seen in certain codices. This chapter describes the XML encoding adopted for the Workspace for Collaborative Editing, along with observations on how it has developed over the course of the project and some problems which have been encountered. The XML encoding developed for the IGNTP transcriptions of New Testament manuscripts is a subset of the TEI P5 Guidelines. As with the transcriptions themselves and the manuscripts before them, some information will be explicitly included by the transcriber, while other trends may only become apparent over time. In this way, perhaps, the electronic scriptorium is no different from its predecessors. The switch to the digital medium has affected not just the format of a transcription, but also the process of transcribing.

Keywords: electronic scriptorium; IGNTP transcriptions; New Testament manuscripts; TEI P5 Guidelines; Workspace for Collaborative Editing; XML encoding



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