Joshua wrote to TEI-L:
> 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.
First of all, thanks to everyone for their replies to my inquiry here
to TEI-L. Now to get to my follow-up comment...
A private email to me in response to this thread noted that in their
projects they use the <milestone/> tag to denote theme/scene breaks.
In their case they appear to use the standardized "unit" attribute
values which do not include anything specific for this purpose.
There are definitely a couple ways to look at this. Some view such
breaks as "implied" or "informal" divisions and use some sort of
<div> wrapping on the two sides of the break to denote this. Others
seem to view this more as a single point discontinuity in the
containing division and use <milestone/> (the theory goes is if the
author intended this to be a true division it would have been made
that way with separate divisions with headers and references from the
Table of Contents.)
Fortunately, since <milestone/> is intended for use for multiple
hierarchical structures in documents (where they may overlap for
example and thus not amenable to XML hierarchical structuring), this
element appears to please both philosophical extremes. Of course, I
note, too, that the viewpoint taken oftentimes depends upon the
purpose or use of the TEI markup.
It is curious to me, though, that there is no P5 standardized attribute
value (for the "unit" attribute) for this purpose. Maybe again the
view is to think divisions rather than discontinuities. (As being an
almost math major, I definitely have no difficulty with discontinuous
Any more thoughts? Should the powers-who-are in TEI consider expanding
the list of standardized "unit" attribute values to include those
related to some type of theme/scene/story breaks or discontinuities?
If this makes sense, is it too late to get it into P5 at this last