The global header element,
<teiHeader >, contains metadata descriptive of the corpus as a whole. This is divided into four main parts:
- the <fileDesc> element records full bibliographical details of the document, such as its title, author(s), funding body, distribution arrangements, and the sources on which it is based.
- the <encodingDesc> element describes the editorial principles and practice used to generate the corpus.
- the <profileDesc> element contains contextual information about the corpus, such as where and why it was compiled, by whom and for what purpose, and so on.
- the <revisionDesc> element logs the history of any revisions to the corpus.