> Beatus Laurentius dum in craticula
> <rdg wit="B M V H R L">suprapositus</rdg>
> <rdg wit="F S">superpositus</rdg>
> <rdg wit="C">super prunas positus</rdg>
> ureretur ad impiissimum tyrannum dixit
> Perfectly straightforward. But our next source ("E") reads *...dum
> in craticula ureretur...* --- i.e. it is silent for the whole
> duration of the phrase that we have covered in the <app>.
Is there something wrong with the following solution?
Beatus Laurentius dum in craticula
<rdg wit="B M V H R L">suprapositus</rdg>
<rdg wit="F S">superpositus</rdg>
<rdg wit="C">super prunas positus</rdg>
ureretur ad impiissimum tyrannum dixit
I suppose one could be concerned that this solution introduces
extraneous whitespace, in that an application may be handed a
space after the contentless (not EMTPY) RDG element, but many
folks would not consider that a grave concern. (Many modern
applications are quite addept at s/\s+/ /g.)
> The *Guidelines* (May 1999 reprint) pg.745 refers to an <omit> tag
> in a context which suggests that this would offer the obvious
> solution. However, I cannot see any other reference to this tag,
> and a grep on the P3 and P4 .dtd files doesn't reveal that it is
> lurking there.
I think the OMIT element of P2 became the GAP element in P3. There
don't seem to be any other references to the OMIT element in the
1999-05 reprint of the Guidelines *except* on page 745, where OMIT
is said to be used for source texts that are completely illegible
due to damage.