Tutorial: Validation of TEI files

Trafilatura can produce and validate XML documents according to the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (XML-TEI).

Producing TEI files

In Python:

# load the necessary components
import trafilatura
# open a file and parse it
downloaded = trafilatura.fetch_url('https://github.blog/2019-03-29-leader-spotlight-erin-spiceland/')
result = trafilatura.extract(downloaded, tei_output=True, tei_validation=True)

From the command line:

trafilatura --xmltei --validate --URL "https://github.blog/2019-03-29-leader-spotlight-erin-spiceland/"

Validating existing files

The following code returns True if a document is valid and outputs a message related to the first error impeding validation otherwise:

# load the necessary components
from lxml import etree
from trafilatura.xml import validate_tei
# open a file and parse it
mytree = etree.parse('document-name.xml')
# validate it
# returns True or an error message

For more information see this blog post: Validating TEI-XML documents with Python