Markus Flatscher wrote:
> and have been guilty in the past of abusing <date> (<date
> when="1916-12-02">yesterday</date>) to get at those.
Don't feel guilty: it's a perfectly valid use of <date>!
Extending <rs> to do the same thing would mean adding it to the datable
class, which would be confusing, since for the other naming elements
that are members of that class (e.g. <persName>) the date is the date of
the naming act, not a disambiguation of the name itself.
Suppose you wanted to mark up "anon". In a modern text, this means "at
some indefinite time in the future". Before about 1700 or so, it means
"immediately". So what value for @when/@notBefore/@notAfter would you use?