> 1. How should the size/format of a printed book be encoded?
> Things like fol., 8vo or 16cm. It seems that <extent> might
> be a good candidate - but the Guidelines state it is specifically
> for sizes of electronic texts.
The chapter on the TEI Header does say that <extent> is explicitly
for the sizes of the TEI-encoded electronic text. I think this is
unfortunate, as clearly <extent> can (and IMHO should) be used for
the size or format of physical books, too. The Guidelines agree:
although it is never explicitly stated (I don't think -- I'd love to
be proven wrong), several examples later in the Guidelines (including
in section 6.10, "Bibliographic Citations and References") use
<extent> to describe the size of the physical source bibliographic
item (usually number of pages of physical books).
While I think it is a good idea that <extent> be used both for
digital and physical sizes if they're to be encoded,
a) I don't think it's very helpful to encode digital sizes;
b) I think there should be an explicit method of stating whether the
size is of a digitial or physical object.
At the WWP, we have added type=, unit=, and value= attributes to
<extent> to start setting up a controlled vocabulary for how we
describe the size of the books we encode. We have found that it is
useful to specify the number of pages in the source book in a rigorous
way. An automated routine examines the value= attribute of the <extent
type=pagination> and compares it to the number of <pb> elements in the
document; if the difference is greater than 5%, a warning is issued.
For <extent type=format> the content is restricted to broadsheet,
folio, quarto, octavo, duodecimo, or unknown.
> 2. <biblScope> can be contained in <bibl> <imprint> <monogr> <series>.
> Which of these is better practice for encoding pagination or
> number of pages for a monograph?
I'm sorry, I don't think I fully understand the question. For what
purpose and where in your document are you recording the bibliographic
information about a monograph that includes the pagination or number
of pages? I think of <biblScope> as being used to indicate which
particular part of a work is being referred to. I.e., to narrow the
scope of the user's search within the bibliographic item.
> 3. I need to include information on references/descriptions in
> standard bibliographies (such as "Ferguson II, 123") and
> libraries/collections where copies are held (eg. "British
> Library 1034.c.13."). All that I could think of is
> <note type="ref"> and <note type="repo"> respectively.
> Any other suggestions?
Again, I'm not sure I understand what the context is. While <note> can
be properly forced into service for all sorts of things, it may not be
the best choice. Depending on the context I'd be inclined to say
either <bibl> or <xref> would probably be more specific, and thus a
 TEI P4, 5.2.3, page 87.
 TEI P4, 6.10.1, page 172.
TEI P4, 126.96.36.199, page 178.
TEI P4, 188.8.131.52, pages 180 and another on 181.
TEI P4, 13.2, page 328.
 <!ATTLIST %n.extent; %a.global;
type (pagination |
unit (pages) #IMPLIED
value CDATA #IMPLIED
TEIform CDATA 'extent' >