Just a quick reply.
The original is a manuscript. 'Speaker' headings are repeated after the
page-break everywhere (once there's a mistake with the wrong speaker turning
up, never mind).
Unfortunately, the spelling in the text (it's in Welsh) is rather variable
and unpredictable. We do not and cannot regularize the spelling (it's not
done with medieval and early modern Welsh texts). This makes omitting the
speaker-repeats a problematic issue.
Page-breaks we need to document as we need them as a reference system (word
X occurs on p. 19 ...).
So, all these exits are blocked.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anne Mahoney" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2001 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: Drama (1): <speaker>-repeat after page-break
> On Sat, 27 Oct 2001, Ingo Mittendorf wrote:
> > Dear all,
> > I've got the following problem (amongst others) with a pre-modern
> > drama. I've written to the list some time ago about this already, but at
> > time I was even more ignorant than I'm now, and didn't end up with a
> > satisfactory solution.
> > The text repeats the speaker heading after a page-break when the
> > speech runs into the next page, as a kind of 'reminder' of who's
> > ie:
> > <sp who="Fool">
> > <speaker>Fool</speaker> <lg>blabla</lg>
> > <pb/>
> > <???>Fool</???> <lg>blabla</lg>
> > </sp>
> Why do you need to know that the speaker tag is repeated? Is the printed
> edition you're working from important or special? Are they sometimes
> repeated and sometimes not?
> If the printed edition is not crucial for your official archive copy, but
> you'd like to be able to reproduce its appearance, one possibility is to
> let your style-sheet handle writing the speaker tag again at the top of a
> new page, if a <pb> comes strictly inside a <sp>. This should suffice
> unless the printed edition is inconsistent and you need to preserve that
> inconsistency. It's the way I'd do it because for most of the texts I
> deal with, I'm not worried about reproducing any particular edition. In
> fact, I usually throw away <pb>s. But then I usually work on ancient
> If you *do* need to keep the repeated speaker tags *in your XML* as
> opposed to merely in some of the possible display forms you're generating,
> then your idea of making <fw> valid there sounds like a good solution to
> me. (And there are probably other good solutions too).
> --Anne Mahoney
> Perseus Project