This is a background document prepared originally for the information of the W3C XML working group. It provides an informal introduction to the methods proposed in the Text Encoding Initiative's published Guidelines (TEI P3) for the representation of inter- and intra-document links. Authoritative and complete information is provided in that work; in case of conflict between this document and TEI P3, this document is wrong.
Linking mechanisms are explicitly defined for several different elements in the Guidelines: these include independent links (<link>), alternative readings (<alt>), aggregations (<join>) and conventional footnotes (<note>), as well as the generic pointer elements discussed here. A brief tutorial introduction is given below. For completeness, this is followed by a brief discussion of some of the other linking mechanisms.
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