Lou Burnard wrote:
> is a saint name different from any other kind of name?
> you can tag it with <persName> , and then use @key or @ref to point to a
> canonical definition for the saint in question in order to disambiguate
> it. This requires you of course to believe that there is or was such a
> person as the saint in question....
Ignoring the tongue-in-cheek joke, I don't think this last
statement is really true...so I'll argue it publicly for the
benefit of those reading. ;-) I'd say <person> can be used for
entirely fictional individuals just as <place> is used for
imaginary places. The important thing is that they are an
"identifiable individual" (and since they are identified by their
commonly-used name here, I don't think this is a problem).
Similarly having a <persName ref="#gaby">Angel Gabriel</persName>
would be correct, I'd argue, because the fictional character is
an identifiable individual even if their fantastical nature makes
them not a 'person' by regular accounts. If we had to restrict
our markup of 'people' to those we actually believed existed in
reality, that would be quite limiting!