Dear Syd (cc TEI-L),
In my document I have a cast of characters as a
/TEI/teiHeader/profileDesc/particDesc/listPerson. Each child <person> is a
character in the text. Some of them have alternative identities; they
participate in the narrative not only as themselves, but also in disguise.
The disguised persons have their own identities, not just names (aliases),
but a full range of different properties that in TEI parlance would be
considered "personographic." That is, all of the attributes and
subelements of <person> may be different for the person (in the human
sense) when he or she operates with a real identity than with an assumed
So: what I want to record for person-in-disguise is all of the
"personographic" information about that person, but also the fact that the
person-in-disguise both is and is not the same person as when he or she is
not in disguise. In other words, if the person were a manuscript, I would
have both an identifier and an alternative identifier, and the
relationship (point of identity, points of difference, hierarchy) between
the two would be inherent in the markup.
The "use case" (that is, the use) of the information is that I may care
for analytic purposes about what Syd does only when he operates as Syd
(and not when he is disguised as David), but I may also care what Syd does
no matter which persona he has assumed at the moment. For that reason, I
need to record both the identity of Syd and David (same human being) and
the differences (Syd as Syd is real, but Syd may also sometimes operated
while disguised as a fictional David).
Best, and not entirely fictionally,
On 2/19/14, 9:34 PM, "Syd Bauman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Sorry, David. While I (think I) understand the situation, I don't
>understand the problem. What is it about the person-in-disguise that
>you want to record, and for what purpose?
>(FWIW, in general I wouldn't encode information about the disguises;
>but then again, I don't have any use-case for that information, other
>than displaying a brief prose description.)
>> I'm preparing a personography where I have persons who sometimes
>> operate in disguise. <addName> would seem suitable for an alias, but
>> in this case all of their other personal traits change along with the
>> name; for example, they may disguise their sex, age, occupation, etc.
>> I haven't encountered this situation before and I'm not sure how to
>> proceed, but I suspect that someone else has had to deal with it and
>> has found a working solution. For what it's worth, the situation
>> seems somewhat analogous to the <altIdentifier> for manuscript
>> description, but I don't see a similar solution.