Anne Mette Hansen wrote:
> Dear TEI list
> I'm working on a ph.d.-project concerning the digitisation of private Danish prayer books (manuscripts) from the 16th century, i.e. to make an XML- and TEI-based electronic scholarly edition of the manuscripts including an image version, a diplomatic version and a normalized version.
> At this point of the pilote project phase I have three questions:
> One of the interesting literary aspects of the prayers as texts are the 'rhetorica divina'. I have done some metrical encoding, but need to mark up stylistic features as tropes (metaphores, comparisons) and figures (apostrophe, allitteration, assonance, tauthology, antithetis etcetera) in the primary sources.
> Is it possible to use any of the existing TEI-elements, or to create a new element <stylistics> / <styleNote> ?
> Usefull attributes would be 'type' and 'subtype'.
> Does anyone have experiences in this field - or any ideas on how to do?
> The second question is also related to the intellectual content of the source texts.
> The opening or closing rubrics needs to be examined more closely as a genre of its own. They are a structural part (<div>s) of the prayers, but they often give the circumstances for the prayer they belong to, giving illustrations, instructions and effects. I would like to encode these features, but it doesn't seem quite right to tag them as <div>s, or does it?
> The third question concerns the physical description of the textual witnesses. It may be of some importance, fx. aesthetic, mnemonic, historical, to documente how the texts is placed on the pages. I have used the element <hi> to tag initials, underlining, coloured text etc., and so far I have made an entity for 'line-fillers' which are not letters, but they are still part of the text. Since they are not part of the form work (<fw>), one could use a new element with the attributes 'type', 'size', 'id').
You might want to take a look at a paper Matthew Brook O'Donnell and I
co-authored for the Extreme Markup Language conference in Montreal this
last August. In a nutshell, we describe a method of implementing
concurrent markup in XML, along with working code and examples. It may
offer a solution to the sort of overlapping markup that you may need for
your project. You can find the presentation (PowerPoint), the fuller
paper, sample code and example texts at:
One rather attractive feature of the technique is that you can prepare
overlapping hierarchies in a given text separate from each other in
individual document instances which are then combined into a single
Work is continuing on the technique and if you do have an opportunity to
use it, I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions that you could
make about it.
> Any comments?
> Thank you!
> Anne Mette Hansen
> The Arnamagnaean Institute,
> University of Copenhagen
> Njalsgade 76, DK - 2300 Kbh. S
> e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
[log in to unmask]