BINDING REFERENCE SYSTEMS (lines etc) FOR ELECTRONIC FIRST EDITIONS et
TEI is about content, not style, which becomes sort of a problem with
texts the first edition of which is an electronic one, but with other
texts perhaps as well.
In a number of disciplines it is quite common to quote from source texts
by page and line numbers.
As the display of a TEI document largely depends on some processing
software, and may vary considerably, there's a problem here. How can you
make sure that someone who uses an electronic version of a text is able to
quote it in the usual way, line numbers included? And every user in the
To "freeze" the line breaks, as it were, does not seem very appealing.
Does anyone have some experience with this sort of problem, and found
What I can come up with right now myself is to document the original line
breaks but "neutralize" them by regularizing them away, ie mark them up
Provided this is possible.
If a word was separated at the end of the line, it could look like this
(to insure the word is findable):
Better ideas extremely welcome!
Department of Linguistics
University of Cambridge
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