The semantics of <gap/> are interesting here; the Guidelines say that
<gap/> is for places where material has been omitted in a
transcription (and gives illegibility as a possible cause of such an
omission). In the case Dot is describing, the capital letter isn't
illegible, it's simply not there, and the omission happens not in the
transcription (i.e. Dot's transcription, which is the one I believe
the Guidelines are talking about) but in the source itself. So I'd
argue against using <gap/>, just as you wouldn't use <gap/> in
encoding a faulty edition of Hamlet that read "To be not to be". I
would cast my vote for <sic>.
At 4:02 PM +0000 2/8/05, Lou Burnard wrote:
>It is legal to have a space in a <sic> certainly, but I think ill-advised.
>The tag you want is <gap/>