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TEI Time with Mary Catherine and Jojo

Mary Catherine Kinniburgh is amazing.

After weeks of making, unmaking, applying, erasing, reapplying organization schemes, I had to face the music and settle for TEI that would give me the necessary information and help me prepare texts for further transformation.
Getting help from MCK (UVA-TEI-whiz and all-around marvel) both cemented some loose notions I had had about TEI and gave me the necessary channeling to make sure I was on the right track.
Basically each letter will need a metadata head, marked salutation, paragraph markers and closing markers. Internally, I’m aiming to start with marking dates and people, but I’m hoping to find a python program that will do that for me….
Here’s what I’ve cooked up so far: I bolded what you would type, but you’ll also see fillers for the parts that you would change. You don’t need spaces between the carats and the words they’re marking.
META DATA
<head>
<date type=”letter”>date of the letter</date>
<name type=”author”>who wrote the letter</name>
</head>
This should mark the line so that when I put it on the web, the date can be moved to where it would be on the actual letter:
<opener>
<dateline>
<date value=”1945-07-05“>5 October, 1761.</date>
</dateline>
<salute>Darling <name>Len</name>,</salute>
</opener>
<p>letterletter letter letter letter… etc</p>
Name
mark every <name>Bob or Irv or Pat</name> within the text
Date
mark every <date>date mentioned</date>
mark <date=”received”>date received</date>
Paragraph
mark paragraph beginnings and end <p>text text text</p>
Signature
<closer>
<signed>Hal</signed>
<ps>P.S. All my love <lb/>
and love to all</ps>
</closer>
More to come as I get further in.
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