On 04.04.2011 15:27, Lou Burnard wrote:
> On 03/04/11 23:47, Matthias Einbrodt wrote:
>> Dear List,
>> does anyone know how to properly encode the language of a bibliographic
>> reference or better, the language of the document the reference
>> points to?
>> Regardless of weather using<biblStruct>,<bibl> or<biblFull> there
>> seems to be no genuine element for this task.
> That's right. <bibl> and <biblStruct> are for traditional
> bibliographic descriptions, in which the language of the work being
> described does not usually figure, except perhaps as a note or a
> comment on the title, especially if the work is a translation. As you
> note, the language of the title can be specified, and thsat's usually
> all a bibliographic description cares about.
> However, for manuscript description, the TEI did find it useful to add
> a new element <textLang> which I think specifies precisely what you
> want. This element is available currently only in the <msItem> or
> <msContents> element, but in principle it could also be made available
> within <bibl>. If you think it would be useful, I suggest you make a
> proposal to that effect on the sourceforge feature request tracker!
Thank you for the hint. Until now, I didn't know this element. However,
I have one remaining question. Doesn't <langUsage> has principally the
same purpose as <textLang>? Both elements denote the languages that are
used within a TEI-document. The only difference is, that <textLang> is
used only for manuscripts while <langUsage> is used for an arbitrary
document. So why having a separate <textLang> element for the
manuscript-domain? Or am I missing something here?
Best Regards, Matthias