I've been looking at the MS description draft for P5, with a view to
moving over to it from MASTER for a catalogue of medieval mss, and would
be grateful for an explanation of the following extract from the start
of the draft guidelines.
The <msDescription> element will normally appear within the
<sourceDescription> element of the header of a TEI conformant document,
where the document being encoded is a digital representation of some
manuscript original, whether as a transcription, as a collection of
digital images, or as some combination of the two.
However, in cases where the document being encoded is essentially a
collection of manuscript descriptions, the <msDescription> element may
be used in the same way as the bibliographic elements (for example,
<bibl><biblStruct>) making up the TEI element class tei.bibl. These
typically appear within the <listBibl> element.
The only working example with the test suite puts the description into
the header, and while the quotation implies that descriptions can be put
in the body of the document, the DTDs do not seem to provide for this. A
catalogue of manuscripts would seem to need to be placed in the body
rather than the header, but this does not seem possible using the set up
as it stands.
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