Beyond TEI: Digital Editions with XPath and XSLT for the Web and in LaTeX


Fri - Sat, Apr 29 to Apr 30, 9:00am - 5:50pm


Emerson Hall 307

A two-day workshop on digital editing for Medieval Studies with Dr. Sarah Lang (University of Graz), sponsored by the Medieval Graduate Interdisciplinary Workshop and the Committee on Medieval Studies.

Across the humanities, the framework of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for XML has become the gold standard for scholarly editions of texts. More and more scholars in the humanities are learning to transcribe and annotate their sources in TEI. But what happens after an edition is encoded in TEI? While it is an ideal format for archiving digital data, it is less than ideal for viewing and interacting with the edited text. The data transformation language XSLT allows editors to create multiple representations from their data encoded in XML, enabling the creation of both digital and print editions. Following the single source principle, we can use the same XML/TEI file to dynamically create both a website in HTML, allowing for interactive use of the edition, and a traditional print edition, beautifully typeset in LaTeX.

This workshop introduces its participants to:

  • Navigating XML documents (such as TEI encoded texts) using XPath
  • Transforming XML documents into HTML and LaTeX output formats using XSLT
  • Applying this knowledge to basic use cases of digital scholarly editing

Space in this two-day workshop is limited; to reserve a place, please register HERE. For more information contact Jonas Hermann or Lydia Shahan.


About Sarah Lang:
Sarah Lang is a Digital Humanities PostDoc at the University of Graz (Austria). You might know her, however, as "LaTeX Ninja",  the name under which she blogs about Digital Humanities and typesetting with LaTeX ( Her research interests revolve mainly around Neo-Latin texts from the early modern history of science, in particular, alchemical tracts. Given her background in Classics (Latin, Ancient Greek and History), she holds a strong belief that historical texts shouldn’t merely be digitized – they need to be made available in the form of (digital) scholarly editions.