TEI Boilerplate

TEI Boilerplate is a "lightweight solution for publishing styled TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) P5 content directly in modern browsers". In order to be presentation-ready, TEI files must be transformed into HTML using XLST and styled with a CSS. While these processes have their advantages, they also involve developing methods and implementing skills that reach far beyond the knowledge of TEI. Additionally, neither program was designed with an intentional relationship to TEI and therefore, HTML is not able of supporting TEI's rich descriptive capabilities and neither can a CSS understand the semantics of the TEI language. This means that performing the transformation and styling process without significant understanding of the systems will render some TEI information lost. The "TEI Boilerplate bridges the gap between these two approaches": TEI XML files can be fed directly into the "web without server-side processing or translation to HTML".