The Thomas Raddall Electronic Archive Project (Dalhousie University,
Canada) also ran into the problem of what to do with handwritten notes such
as "Copy" or "Private" at the head of a letter. We resolved this doing as
Syd Bauman suggested in an earlier post--using <seg> inside <opener>.
By way of example, here is the beginning of one of our letters. The <name>
tags and some attributes have been removed for ease of reading:
<dateline><date>15th March, 1938</date></dateline>
<dateline>His Excellency The Governor General,
Since <seg> can't be placed inside <dateline>, we had to use <dateline>
twice in order to achieve the our desired level of tagging while at the
same time remaining true to the format of the original document. We didn't
specify <seg>'s "type" attribute (given the level of other kinds of detail
we wanted to encode), but I can see how that would prove extremely helpful
when searching for particular types of correspondence: copies,
personal/private, confidential, etc.
P.S. Our searchable and browsable collection of 49 letters will be unveiled
within the next week or two, and I will forward an announcement of our URL
to this list. Searches will be possible on the following categories:
person, place, group, organization, or title of book, article, etc.
mentioned in the letters; recipient; date of composition; literary
characters from Raddall's own fiction and non-fiction; and subject headings
derived from the Sears List. Summaries, annotations, and digital images of
each letter are also provided.
At 06:36 PM 1/31/01, you wrote:
>I'm looking at some correspondence we will be putting online and was
>thinking about the ways the markup, which has been automatically derived
>from typesetting files, could be enhanced to allow better searching,
>sorting, etc. The most bang for the buck in this case seems to be richer
>encoding of the different pieces of information in the OPENER, where DATE
>is currently the only thing specifically tagged.
>I was wondering how those of you who have been tagging letters and memos
>all along deal with things like "Strictly Private" when they appear with
>the more usual DATELINE/SALUTE suspects. It would certainly be of
>interest to be able to pull up all the restricted documents. Nothing in
>OPENER seems appropriate, but OPENER seems to be the obvious location for
Dr. Kathryn Harvey
Assistant Professor, Part-time
Department of English
Project Manager, Thomas Raddall Electronic Archive Project, Dalhousie
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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