I've always used <milestone> for these breaks.
<div> didn't really seem appropriate. For instance, in a fiction
work, I'd group the chapter as a whole in a <div>. But sometimes the
author would mark a scene change or that some time passed "off-stage"
by having a blank line or maybe a * * * between two paragraphs. This
didn't seem to be a full change in <div>.
In Project Gutenberg, we extended the <milestone> tag as:
<milestone unit="tb" rend="<type of break>" />
where the type of break defaults to blank line, but could be a
horizontal line or a series of asterisks.
On 10/19/07, M. Alan Thomas II <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Jon Noring <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >I'm curious to know how TEI markup people handle "theme breaks" or
> >"scene breaks" in ordinary prose? I've looked around in the TEI
> >documentation but did not yet find any mention.
> The sections of text on delineated by the breaks seem like <div>s to me.
> That is to say, from one break to the next constitutes a <div>. This may or
> may not be an appropriate solution for any given vision of the structural
> aspects of a text, and such structural analysis may or may not be
> appropriate for any given project.
> As for the break itself, if and how it is marked, outside of the fact that
> one <div> ends and another begins, probably depends on whether the project
> is more concerned with semantic content, physical structure, or what. If it
> doesn't care about incidental physical aspects of a text, marking the
> structure using <div>s is all of the semantic content you need, assuming
> that the ornamentation does not convey anything other than "there is a break
> here." If the project is more interested in marking up the physical object,
> or if there is an image that conveys some further meaning, the relevant
> element can appear between the <div>s. I can't recall what the tag for
> "this space intentionally left blank" is, but for any sort of image it would
> be <figure>.
> I hope that helps.
> In service,
> M. Alan Thomas II