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The Image Markup Tool is a Windows application for annotating images using TEI P5. It makes use of the <facsimile>, <surface> and <zone> elements for specifying areas on images, and linking annotations and transcriptions, in the form of <div> elements, to <zone>s.


  • You can delimit areas on the image and associate annotations to them.
  • You can classify annotations into categories.
  • You can distinguish between "transcriptional" and "non-transcriptional" categories.
  • You can export an interactive "Web View" of the annotated image Here's an example.

User commentary

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System requirements

Windows 2000, XP or Vista; Linux Wine 1.0 and above. Since 2014 also Mac OSX.

Source code and licensing

The Image Markup Tools is open source, released under the MPL 1.1.

Support for TEI

Its native file format is TEI (P5). It can also export to DocBook.


The program is written in Borland Delphi 2005 (Object Pascal). You can translate the interface into any language, using the built-in Translation screen. A full Italian translation is included, and partial German and Chinese translations are also available. The documentation is in English.


There is a tutorial.

Tech support

The author can be contacted by email to file bug reports. A list of open and fixed bugs is maintained on the website.

User community

There is a small community of users at the University of Victoria, and a project blog [1] where development progress and plans are documented.

Sample implementations

Current version number and date of release, dated June 13, 2012

History of versions

  • Version (2011-05-18)
  • Version (2008-04-25)
  • Version (2007-12-21)
  • Version (2007-09-26)
  • Version (2007-03-05)
  • Previous versions beginning with 0.9 were released throughout 2006.

How to download or buy

Additional notes

The Image Markup Tool is written with Borland Delphi 2005, and makes use of open source code from several other authors and projects. These are listed on the Requirements page of the website ([2]).

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