(awkwardly, on airport wifi)
We do not worry too much about the physical manifestation
of a paragraph, which we regard as a nominal (or, if you like,
a semantic) unit. I.e. in such cases as those described, we
simply capture the salutations as salute and defer the beginning
of the paragraph (and likewise teminate the concluding paragraph
'prematurely' in order to allow for closers, etc.). This is by no
means a situation specific to handwritten communications -- printed
correspondence has it in abundance, especially the standard format
of official documents
James by the grace of God King of England etc. defendr of
the faith etc. to all the Sheriffs of his realm greetings. It has
come to our attention that you're not doing your job.
Which we would tag by starting the <p> with "IT has..."
put the rest in <opener>, subdividing it by placing "James ... faith,
in <signed> and "to all ... greetings" in <salute>. In the usual
Latin form of such documents, the <salute> usually actually ends
with the word 'salutem.'
(Others have mentioned the @style/rend/rendition options if
you wish to indicate the opener's embeddedness within the
following paragraph, but that is something that we rarely
trouble to do.)
A bit more problematic than these embedded salutes (etc.) for
us are 'resumptive' salues. E.g. in the middle of a letter, or
an oration, or whatever, the writer terminates one train of thought
and then begins, as it were, anew
Gentlemen, my dear friends, you have heard my thoughts. What
is your response?
If placed at the beginning of a division, "Gentlemen...friends" would
be thought a salutation. Placed resumptively in the middle of a
division, it is not possible to tag them that way. A fact that we
occasionally regret, but generally come to terms with.
(Boarding is starting! On the way to the TEI Council meeting)
On Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 08:36, Martin Holmes wrote:
> There are a couple of options I can think of: style="display:
> <salute style="display: inline;">Dear Freddy</salute> <p>How are
> or using a float:
> <salute style="float: left;">Dear Freddy</salute> <p>How are you?</p>
> I think when you're describing the layout of these two components (a
> paragraph and a salute) in relation to each other, there needs to be a
> larger context (here the div) within which they're described.
> On 14-06-26 05:02 AM, Lou Burnard wrote:
> > <opener>, <salute> and other divLiminal elements were originally thought
> > of in the context of print or manuscript traditions which set off such
> > things visually from the other "plain" paragraphs of a document.
> > However, some of them (notably <salute>) also have a semantic aspect
> > which can apply to any string of text, within or outside of a <p>.
> > In the case where a printed version of the text would plausibly offset
> > the salutation from the rest, I think I would prefer something like
> > <salute rend="inline">Dear Freddy</salute><p>How are you?</p>
> > If you want an inline-salutation element, I think it has to be a
> > different one. And you also have to decide whether you will treat things
> > like
> > <p>How, my dear Freddy, are you?</p>
> > in the same way.
> > On 26/06/14 10:05, Peter Stadler wrote:
> >> Dear Peter,
> >> I got no solution but all I can tell is: you’re not alone ;-)
> >> There are several correspondence related elements (opener, closer,
> >> postscript, salute, signed) which impose a (prototypic) structure that
> >> not necessarily matches with "real“ correspondence texts. The issue is
> >> on the Correspondence SIG’s agenda  but has been deferred because
> >> we started with the "easy" header additions .
> >> Best
> >> Peter
> >> 
> >> http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/SIG:Correspondence#Topics_currently_under_discussion
> >>  https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/510/
> >> Am 26.06.2014 um 10:24 schrieb Peter Boot <[log in to unmask]>:
> >>> This seems like a rather basic question, but how do you all deal with
> >>> salutations that are embedded within the first paragraph of a letter
> >>> or postcard?
> >>> When the salutation is placed above the text, we use:
> >>> <opener>
> >>> <salute>Dear Freddy</salute>
> >>> </opener>
> >>> <p>How are you?</p>
> >>> But we have a postcard that starts like this:
> >>> Dear Freddy, how are you
> >>> Since salute is not allowed immediately in a paragraph, we could
> >>> introduce a new element ('opener-inline') to deal with this:
> >>> <p><opener-inline><salute>Dear
> >>> Freddy</salute></opener-inline>, how are you?</p>
> >>> Or just allow salute within p, which seems the preferable solution to
> >>> me.
> >>> Similar issues arise in closing salutations, that can also be
> >>> embedded within regular paragraphs. We have a postscript like this:
> >>> <postscript><p>Mr. Foster came to see me, I am going to
> >>> him tomorrow. <salute>Good bye. Au
> >>> revoir!</salute></p></postscript>
> >>> where you wouldn't want to move the salute to a fictitious closer.
> >>> Peter
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