EpiDoc is an international, collaborative effort that provides guidelines and tools for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents. These pages are the EpiDoc Guidelines produced by the collaborative. In addition, the EpiDoc Website provides access to other tools and collaboration environments supported by the collaborative.
EpiDoc specifies a subset of the Text Encoding Initiative's standard for the representation of texts in digital form using the Extensible Markup Language (XML), a technical standard promulgated by the World-Wide Web Consortium. It addresses not only the transcription and editorial preparation of the texts themselves, but also the history, materiality and metadata of the objects on which the texts appear.
These Guidelines contain descriptions of the textual, descriptive, and other features expressed with EpiDoc, as well as the TEI elements and attributes used to encode them. The pages below provide a number of entry points into the full documentation, via a series of thematic indexes into the content of the Guidelines, rather than a single "table of contents" reflecting a (nonexistent) ordered, hierarchical document structure.
You can also download a zipped copy of the latest Guidelines from our Files section if you need to use them offline.
To cite the EpiDoc Guidelines, please use the following information:
Tom Elliott, Gabriel Bodard, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Charlotte Tupman, Scott Vanderbilt, et al. (2007-2016), EpiDoc Guidelines: Ancient documents in TEI XML (Version 8). Available: http://www.stoa.org/epidoc/gl/latest/.