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Our goal is to produce XML files that contain accurate diplomatic transcriptions of Livingstone's writings that retain as many features of the original works as possible without being so loaded with extra-textual information as to be unrepresentable or unrealistically labour-intensive. We also will be providing a detailed scholarly apparatus and rigorous contextual information thereby enabling scholars from a variety of disciplines to use our materials for academic research. Our approach is based on the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) at the University of Virginia and Oxford University. With almost two decades of experience transcribing materials into electronic media, their recommendations have provided a solid foundation upon which to base our efforts and ensure a consistent approach to transcription issues.
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