At the Women Writers Project, we mucked about with the DTD :-)
We added <figure> to <titlePage> and to several other elements as
well, since we do find figures in a number of places in the text
where TEI did not originally envision them, and since we want to
capture their presence.
For your trailers, could you not put the <figure> inside a <p>? or
does that feel too disingenuous?
I would not be diffident about your decision to preserve this
information--wanting to search for figures within full-text data
seems quite reasonable to me. And if these things are common in
older printed texts, why would one not want the DTD to reflect this?
I think the inclusion of <figure> within <titlePart> but not
<titlePage> seems like an oversight in the original DTD (that is,
there may well be a reason, but subsequent experience shows how much
more useful the alternative is).
><trailer>, unlike <head>, does not accept <figure>. How, then,
>does one acknowledge a decorative tailpiece?
>On a related subject, what about decorations and other odd
>information, like sale price, on title pages? I know that full
>treatment of fancy title pages is intentionally omitted in
>TEI, but it's pesky not to be able to include a simple
>In one sense, it's easy enough to leave these things out, but
>it feels like discarding information, which always makes me
>queasy. Or I could muck about with the DTD, but these things
>are so common in older printed texts that changing the DTD
>to accommodate them also feels wrong.
>So, what is common practice?
>John W. Kennedy
>(Working from my laptop)