8 Conclusions

This article has focussed chiefly on the complexity and generality of the TEI scheme, with a view to demonstrating its intellectual adequacy and its potential as a model for many SGML applications.

It has also attempted to demonstrate how a simple modular scheme can be implemented in such a way as to maximize the ``interchange space'' within which information interchange takes place.

The origins of the TEI scheme in the academic world mean that it has been designed with the widest possible set of applications in mind. Optimizing it for particular sets of users will be a new challenge.

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