Technical Information

Technical Information


All of our documents are encoded using a small subset of the Text Encoding Initiative P5 schema. A fuller account of our encoding practices is given in our documentation. Primarily, we have encoded the structure of the texts (divisions, sections, et cetera), page beginnings, quotations, and any variants of Winnifred Eaton’s name. While later phases of the project may involve more rigorous encoding protocols—-like tagging distinct speakers, frequency and directionality of speech acts, settings, images, and marginalia—-our initial goal was to encode the texts to make them readily available and easily readable for those interested in Eaton’s prolific career.


All of our processing relies on open-source and open-access technologies. We follow the Endings Principles for Digital Longevity, and thus all of our pages are built “statically,” which means that there is no dependence on server side processing.
All of our processing and source code is open-source and available through our Github repository.
All of the pages in the archive are valid XHTML5 and use CSS3 and minimal “vanilla” Javascript (ES6). All pages should display similarly across any modern browser.


The WEA has served as a flagship project for the development of “staticSearch”: a completely client-side search engine build specifically for digital edition and written by Martin Holmes and Joey Takeda. It is currently in active development; the code and documentation can be found on Github.


All of the technical and encoding documentation for the WEA can be found here. This documentation—written entirely within our TEI ODD file (“One Document Does It All”)—provides instructions for how to build the WEA site locally as well as outlines our encoding practices.

Technical Feedback

If you have noticed a bug, typo, or errors on the site or if you have any other feedback, please contact us.

People Mentioned

Joey Takeda

Joey Takeda is the Technical Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive and a Developer at Simon Fraser University’s Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL). He is a graduate of the M.A. program in English at the University of British Columbia where he specialized in Indigenous and diasporic literature, science and technology studies, and the digital humanities.

Mary Chapman

Mary Chapman is the Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive, a Professor of English, and Academic Director of the Public Humanities Hub at University of British Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and US Modernism (Oxford UP) and of numerous articles about American literature and women writers. She has also edited Becoming Sui Sin Far: Early Fiction, Journalism and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton (McGill-Queen’s UP) and published essays on the Eaton sisters in American Quarterly, MELUS, Legacy, Canadian Literature, and American Periodicals. Her current research project is a microhistory of the Eaton family. For more information, see

Winnifred Eaton

  • Born: August 21, 1875
  • Died: April 08, 1954
See the Biographical Timeline for biographical information on Winnifred Eaton.