Comparison of TEI customizations and exemplars

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This table provides an overview of the TEI Guidelines and some commonly confused customizations and exemplars of the TEI Guidelines. Keep in mind that in the interest of brevity, nuance is often lost. For more on any of the markup languages described, please see the documentation of that markup language.

Markup language Purpose Designed for Prescriptivism: how much freedom is offered in the way you encode a phenomenon? Designed to be customized? Other uses includes a header?
TEI P5 represent documents for machine processing scholars, those developing customizations often more than one yes ODD language can be used to specify other markup languages yes
TEI P5 customizations TEI Lite learn to represent documents for machine processing beginners no yes
Best Practices for TEI in Libraries represent documents digitized at scale in a format suitable for digital curation libraries, those thinking about digitization workflows usually a single way is recommended no (sort of) yes
TEI Tite provide specification for digitization vendors that does not require any expert knowledge of the content digitization vendors one (with a few exceptions) no no
TEI Simple tagging subset eliminating ambiguity for the encoder (much like TEI Tite) publishers (in the broadest sense) of encoded texts no yes (but doesn't constraint as it does the body)
processing rules providing default mechanism for processing and ability to customize the processing rules yes can be applied to other markup languages n/a
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