As for the May Day quiz, that's perhaps simple. It's a little like an
intentional lacuna and not unlike those papyrological fragments, where
the editor has made a stab at how many letters were missing.
If that hasn't been covered in the TEI, it probably should. On the
other hand, puzzling out the details of a simple thing like that pretty
quickly gets you into a lot of detail.
Perhaps somebody should try to to exhaustive tagging of 100 randomly
chosen pages from Tristram Shandy to figure out what is missing in the
TEI tag language.
At a slightly more reflective level, examples like that point to the
limits of the dogma fundamental to TEI and any other markup language:
that you can always distinguish between the essential content of an
element and the contingent form of its representation.
On May 3, 2004, at 12:48 PM, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> Lou-at-home wrote:
>> : <p> * * * * *</p>
>>> : <p>Text starts up again.
>> The latter, however, is Evil: it implies that the line of stars is a
>> paragraph which it clearly isn't. When I run my concordance program
>> this text I do *not* want the stars being counted as words, nor do I
>> want the count of the number of paragraphs to be inflated by this
> It depends on who put the stars there. Were they done by the designer
> the author? If the author
> just put a red line between paragraphs with an note saying "leave a gap
> here", then the <milestone>
> may be right. But if author consciously wrote * * * *, and counted the
> stars, and meant you to, then
> should it not be captured? I betcha that if eg Samuel Beckett ever used
> this device, he mean you to read the * as *.
> A May Day quiz: how do I mark up:
> The little ** just **** all over my *******