Just a context note, my project is about French printed books, between
1750 and 1950.
Tanks all for you clever remarks.
Neven, thanks for you links on your blog and the thread on the list.
The notion of "vertical spacing" is elegant.
My only regret is to insert a <desc> element to preserve asterisks, to
let a customer produce an imitative edition.
Alexei, you are of course right, it's not a textual paragraph, but it
will not break other linguistic process, because asterisk will never
been understood as a word, and could be treated like punctuation. In
some way, isn't it a kind of outer sentence punctuation ?
About milestones for "couillards", I'm not agree. My understanding of
milestones is the covering of the text with a sectioning scheme
incompatible with the logical tree, like pages <pb/>, or thematic
analysis. "couillards" are always compatible with the paragraphs flow,
and the sections.
Lou, in case of printed books, at least till Didot in France, there are
very few ornaments. French people dreamed themselves as cartesians and
used to believe that such graphical marks are useful to understand the
text. Encoding that like a graphic is tag abuse. By the way, I would be
very glad to read the thread about politically incorrection in TEI.
<div> should be desired, but it means scientific re-edition of the text,
by some one allowed to decide that a "couillard" is a real section
marker. The proof of a section is a title. If an editor is able to
entitle a section between two "couillards", then it is a logical
division. But if we have not enough TEI speakers among our editors ? If
it is false ? We should keep an encoding solution for the last "couillards".
John, you are right. To be honest, my cases are more variable than that,
and coming from different sources (text processor, html, OCR, external
<p rend="center">* *</p>
You will understand better my reasons to find some more generic way to
encode the same kind of things.
Neven, I like your <ab> proposition, easy to automate.
Lou, is it tag abuse ?
> But an "ab" anonymous block could be used then, no? Best, Neven
> On 27 January 2013 17:37, Lou Burnard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> It's also a bold-faced lie. That isn't a paragraph.