Abstract

I will demonstrate interactive software that combines a number of important functions to assist scholars who wish to make an in-depth assessment of unfamiliar TEI encoded texts – an increasingly frequent circumstance at a time when the comparability of encoding practices and the resulting interoperability of marked-up texts has become the object of special concern.

TEMTA is designed

  • to produce sophisticated views of markup density and hierarchical structure as well as targeted inventories of the elements, attributes, and values of any TEI encoded text, and
  • to facilitate sophisticated, near-instantaneous regular expression searching of text, markup, and varied combinations of the two.

It thus provides the basis for nuanced, iterative investigations in cases where the unknowns associated with a text’s markup and lexical content are high with the consequence that a step-wise refinement of scholarly inquiry is very much in order. TEMTA includes a built-in capacity to graph the quantity and distribution of found features across a variety of appropriate textual or bibliographic units (chapters, folios, etc.) as well as the ability to export JSON and other encoded files that can be cast as visualizations by standard graphing software. Its handling of search results includes, among other options, the highlighting of found features in lists which in turn function as clickable indices to the display of each feature within its original context.

TEMTA’s design and functionality have been based on my own wishes to investigate texts and their markup in ways that will both take the measure of the scholarship that has gone into their encoding as well as attain new insight into the nature of the stylistic and structural features that have thereby been made accessible to digital inquiry.