(MEI header) – Supplies the descriptive and declarative metadata prefixed to every MEI-conformant text.
Module MEI.header
@analog(optional)Contains a reference to a field or element in another descriptive encoding system to which this MEI element is comparable. Value of datatype string. att.bibl
@label(optional)Provides a name or label for an element. The value may be any string. Value of datatype string. att.commonPart
@meiversion(optional)Specifies a generic MEI version label. Allowed values are: "3.0.0" (This version of MEI.)att.meiversion
@n(optional)Provides a number-like designation for an element. Value conforms to token. att.common
@translit(optional)Specifies the transliteration technique used. Value of datatype NMTOKEN. att.lang
@type(optional)Specifies the kind of document to which the header is attached, for example whether it is a corpus or individual text. Allowed values are: "music" (Header is attached to a music document.), "corpus" (Header is attached to a corpus.)meiHead
@xml:base(optional)Provides a base URI reference with which applications can resolve relative URI references into absolute URI references. Value conforms to data.URI. att.commonPart
@xml:id(optional)Regularizes the naming of an element and thus facilitates building links between it and other resources. Each id attribute within a document must have a unique value. Value of datatype ID. att.id
@xml:lang(optional)Identifies the language of the element's content. The values for this attribute are language 'tags' as defined in BCP 47. All language tags that make use of private use sub-tags must be documented in a corresponding language element in the MEI header whose id attribute is the same as the language tag's value. Value of datatype language. att.lang
Member of
Contained by
May contain
<memberOf key="att.bibl"/>
<memberOf key="att.common"/>
<memberOf key="att.lang"/>
<memberOf key="att.meiversion"/>
<memberOf key="model.startLike.header"/>
<rng:ref name="altId" />
<rng:ref name="fileDesc" />
<rng:ref name="encodingDesc" />
<rng:ref name="workDesc" />
<rng:ref name="extMeta" />
<rng:ref name="revisionDesc" />

In order to encourage uniformity in the provision of metadata across document types, this element is modelled on an element in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standard. This information is often essential in a machine-readable environment. Five sub-elements must be encoded in the following order: altId(optional), fileDesc(required), encodingDesc(optional), workDesc(optional), and revisionDesc(optional). These elements and their sub-elements provide: a unique identifier for the MEI file, bibliographic information about the MEI file and its sources, information about the encoding process, information about the creation of the work being encoded, and statements regarding significant revisions of the file. The xml:lang attribute may be used to indicate the language in which the metadata content of the header is provided.