DECTE is a language corpus, and is therefore regarded by the TEI Guidelines as a composite document (TEI P5 Guidelines, 4: Default Text Structure) consisting of more than one discrete subtext.
This composite structure is reflected in the specification of the DECTE document structure in the decte.xml file.
This has two main components in the <teiCorpus> element, which TEI uses to define composite documents: (1) a header which includes metadata about the corpus as a whole, and (2) a list of the documents which constitute the corpus.
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These two components are described separately: