Here is my solution for the doubly-abbreviated yt's (that is) in early
Though this seems perfectly compatible with my P5 dtd (at least Oxygen is
not indicating otherwise), I am concerned about nesting abbreviations within
abbreviations, particularly as regards future processing for display of both
original and modern spelling versions. If the content of the <expan> element
were "that is" only-i.e., <choice><abbr>yt's</abbr><expan>that
is</expan></choice>-then the metre in the modern-spelling version would be
spoiled by an extra syllable.
I suppose I could treat yt alone as a <choice><orig/><reg/></choice>
construction and the abbreviation separately, thus:
But hitherto I've been treating yt (like ye for the, wch for which, etc.) as
an abbreviation-and rightly so, I believe.
Having rather poor XSLT chops, I can only assume that my current solution
(the first example above) is susceptible to the processing needed to produce
the desired display outcomes-both the fully abbreviated original (yt's) and
the metre-retaining, because only partially expanded, modern spelling
(that's)-even while it preserves the full expansion (that is) at the code
level. Is that assumption reasonable? Or perhaps I should ask, is the
solution really the best one?