if your transcription is paragraph-oriented I see the following two options:
1. Do the lines between paragraphs belong to one of them? If the dates added in
some cases belong to the paragraph below or above and only sometimes were "left
out", one could get the idea that the space is reserved for data and thus it
might be appropriate to insert an empty tag (e.g. <date>) at this places. Any
type of conversion for publication would have to render these empty elements as
2. If you think the dates between the paragraphs represent more a kind of
paragraph on its own, without connection to one of the surrounding paragraphs,
why not supply an empty <p> in these places where the date has been left out?
Most people would use this option in their (Word) documents to have some space
between the p's. (Which is obviously not a very good behaviour!)
Do you think the empty lines are a kind of "seperating space" like in word
processors (space before or after a paragraph)? In this case (as discussed
lately with spaces left for initials) the <gap/> might be an option.
Alternatively: If you transcribe the work line-by-line why not use an empty l?
Torsten Schassan (Projekt Handschriftendatenbank/MASTER)
Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 1364, D-38299 Wolfenbuettel
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