Please forgive the possible naivete -- and other standard disclaimers. In
encoding a medieval exposition on another medieval text, I have two
questions, which may be related.
1. The author of the Encoded Text continually makes short quotations from
the Referenced Text throughout his own writing. I am looking to encode
this in such a way that the quotations in the Referenced Text may be linked
to the appropriate place in the Referenced Text, which will be minimally
encoded and provided as a reference point.
Section 6.9 of the Guidelines seems to have what I want: reference
systems. I might use <quote>, and encode the values I need (for example,
Inf.01.070) into the n attribute.
It is not clear to me, however, how I would go about logically connecting
the n attributes in the Main Text and in the Referenced Text if the two are
kept in different .xml files.
2. We would like, eventually, to provide several different indices to the
Encoded Text -- namely, an index of proper names, separated into people,
places, works of literature and Other; and an index of major thematic terms
discussed in the exposition. We would like those indices to be separate;
and we would also like to link, for example, literary work names to the
names of their authors, and quotations from them to both. Finally, some
external quotes are brought into the Encoded Text without a mention of the
work from which they are drawn -- in this case, my understanding is that we
would still create an index entry for the work, placing it somewhere out of
the way (where?), and then use level1-level4 to link the quotation up to
its corresponding work title in the index.
I looked at the documentation for <index> and at section 6.8.2 -- Index
Entries. I did not find an indication there of how we would go about
separating the encoded terms to be indexed into their respective
indices. I am also not sure how we would cross-reference authors, their
works and quotations as described above -- perhaps encode
<name><index>Person</index></name> and cross-reference that with an
attribute in <quote>? (That would take care of connecting authors and
quotations, but not works and quotations, or authors and works.)
I suspect that the answers to my questions lie in global attributes, and
confess that my understanding of those is rather shaky. I was unable to
find information on global attributes, gathered in some one place --
perhaps I am missing the obvious? Help on- or off-list would be appreciated.
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