Speaking for myself--which means somebody whose work is mostly in
medieval manuscripts though with forays into print--I'd say figure
covers the ground still. But perhaps others have better informed
On Sun, 2007-11-03 at 18:44 +0000, Lou's Laptop wrote:
> Back in the mists of time, in P1, and even also in P2, to be exact, the
> TEI boasted an element called <ornament>. I quote:
> Description: marks the position of a printers device, ornament or fig-
> ure for example on a title page or elsewhere in a printed text.
> desc: provides a brief description of the appearance of the orna-
> Data type: CDATA
> Value: A brief descriptive phrase
> Default value: #IMPLIED
> This attribute is optional.
> <ornament desc='a donkey burdened with books'>
> <s>DEFEROR IN VICVM</s>
> <s>VENDENTEM THVS ET ODORES</s>
> Remarks: Any text included in the ornament may be encoded as distinct
> segments as content of the <ornament> element. The appearance of
> the ornament itself (for example as a bit-mapped image) should be
> encoded in the same way as other embedded images; see section 42,
> "Formal Grammar for the TEI-Interchange-Format Subset of SGML,"
> [in separate fascicle]
> Part: base tag set for common core features.
> Member of classes: tpParts
> In P3 this element was removed, largely on the grounds that <figure>
> would do the job just as well, though maybe the vagueness and inaccuracy
> of the tagdoc quoted above didn't encourage anyone to keep it.
> However, bibliographers are a tenacious bunch, and the revival of this
> element has now been proposed in some quarters (you know who you
> are).... so what do the People think?
> Are printers ornament sufficiently interesting -- and crucially,
> sufficiently different -- that they deserve an element of their own? Or
> should P5 continue to insist that you represent them in your encoding by
> means of a <graphic> or <figure> element?
Daniel Paul O'Donnell, PhD
Chair, Text Encoding Initiative <http://www.tei-c.org/>
Director, Digital Medievalist Project <http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/>
Associate Professor and Chair of English
University of Lethbridge
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