I think you may be seeking to encode two things:
(1) the amount of white space i.e blank lines
(2) where appropriate, possible interpretations of that white
(1) can be accomplished with the <space> element
(2) can be accomplished with a <note> element linked to the relevant
<space> element [via ID/IDREFS mechanism]
An example linking the note to the space:
<space id="sp1" extent="15_lines"\>
<note ana="sp1" resp="fl">a gap left for later inscription of a
An example linking the space to the note:
<space ana="sp2" extent="15_lines"\>
<note id="sp2" resp="fl">a gap left for later inscription of a
The <note> element need not be nested inthe <ab> element. It could occur
elsewhere, along with other notes, in the TEI document instance. The one
<note> element could be referenced from any of many <space> elements. As
well the "ana" attribute can take many values and so one could reference
competing or complementary interpretations
<space ana="opinion45 opinion60"/>
where "opinion45" and "opinion60" are the values of the ID attributes of
the corresponding <note> elements.
> I appreciate the responses. As one post suggested, the spaces do appear to
> be a kind of "separating space", but the reason isn't always clear. Some
> seem to be a break for a time transition, yet in many other places the
> author makes very abrupt time transitions from one paragraph to the next
> without any intervening space. The document is extremely long. Some of
> those spaces *might* be simply a break between the author's writing sessions
> from one day to the next, but it's impossible to know.
> Francois Lachance wrote:
> > What about the recently discussed <space> element?
> I read that thread but thought <space> wasn't appropriate because it
> cannot occur within <div>.
> > Unfortunately, in P4 <space> cannot occur within <div> and I suspect from
> > your description that the blank lines are considered as interparagraph
> > elements.
> Yes, and *what* those spaces are isn't always clear.
> > It could be wrapped in <ab>.
> And another post suggested <milestone>, and to quote from that post:
> > if the gaps seemed to be (in effect) blank openers, then you could place a
> > space or a gap within opener tags; but if you are not sure, or not always
> > sure, what the gaps mean, a more agnostic approach limited to the
> > physical appearance might be indicated. -- pfs
> That's it exactly. I cannot be sure what all the gaps mean. Does
> this help clarify?
> Thanks so much for your help,
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