While taking Comp 110, an introduction course to coding and syntax of computer science, my professor regularly compared the process of coding to a language. My biggest issue with using the program and language (java) we used is because I failed to fully recognize how serious he was when comparing the two. I realized that if I’d taken that mindset when learning the basics— the structure, key words, the platform— I would’ve been able to catch on a lot quicker.

This week’s reading about TEI, although different from programming, reminded me of that notion. Most intriguing and resonating with me is the mention of a need to highlight the difference of text encoding in the humanities. I am very much humanities oriented and I think my fatal downfall with my previous experience with any sort of data representation was my inability to think outside of that linguistic mindset. Much like java, TEI has so many syntactical guidelines, especially with the sensitivity of characters, upper case and lower case letters.

Upon reading about the perception of data and information, that the reading says is inferred and interpreted by reading the types of text, this idea of mark up languages being descriptively encoded with meta-information was a good reaffirmation that I understood the previous learnings on metadata that alluded to TEI before even knowing about it.

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2 Responses to TEI

  1. Daniel White says:

    I’ve definitely been thinking the same thing (not just after this reading but throughout the whole semester so far), that coding really is another language. My roommate is a computer science major and often times he’ll make references to computer code that just sound like completely foreign words to me. When he helps me with computer issues, he again uses (often unintentionally–but maybe sometimes just to show off) strange coding terms that he totally understands.

    Coding is a whole new world, and there’s many different formats of coding, so there’s many different languages.

  2. Tionna Outen says:


    I agree with both you and Daniel on coding being another language. I have little to no experience on coding, so most of what we have learned in class is fairly new to me. I believe if I would have taken a coding introductory class, or learned about it prior to taking this course, I would be more confident, but I am hanging in there and slowly learning! I remember our class speaking about how important the fundamentals and structure of coding was. Many of us indicated that learning about coding at a younger age, would be more beneficial and prepare us for more difficult coding classes and assignments. However, I must admit, I am fairly excited to see how our upcoming coding assignments turn out. 🙂

    Thank you,

    Tionna Outen

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