Well said. This brings us to the nub of a frequently grasped (and then
hastily released) nettle, as to whether the scribe of a manuscript can
ever be considered a "transcriber" within the purposes of the Act.
My (overhasty) suggestion was based on the view that the white space you
are seeing in the manuscript represents a point where material (the
missing capital) has been omitted by the scribe-as-transcriber (from
some other source). But of course James is entirely right in suggesting
that it is more likely that Dot-as-encoder is more likely to want to
record what the missing capital should have been, and therefore to wish
to record it as <supplied>. There is also a lot to be said for the view
that what you should tag is the presence of unexpected whitespace i.e.
<sic> </sic> or even <sic><gap/></sic>
Imagine, if you will, a ms which systematically omits capital letters,
but which is damaged at various places where you'd expect to see an
(omitted) capital letter such that you can't be sure whether it was
actually omitted there or not. Would that be a gap within a gap? a
I think that makes my hasty suggestion look even worse, as well as my
head spin, so I'll stop there and hand over to Francois
> Lou Burnard wrote:
>> It is legal to have a space in a <sic> certainly, but I think
>> The tag you want is <gap/>
> This is something that I've always wondered about. The description of
> <gap> is "(omitted material) indicates a point where material has been
> omitted in a transcription, whether for editorial reasons described in
> the TEI header, as part of sampling practice, or because the material is
> illegible or inaudible." ( http://www.tei-c.org/P4X/ref-GAP.html )
> It is not Dot omitting this material as part of the transcription, and
> most of the examples suggest that this is a gap made by the editor,
> transcriber or encoder.
> However, "If the source text is completely illegible or missing, and new
> text is supplied to fill the gap, it should be marked as <supplied>."
> Does that imply she should just be doing <supplied>R</supplied> ?