I'd use <idno> for the telegraph number -- it's not really clear what
"formal cataloging system" might mean, but I use it for 19th-century
despatch numbers, which are no more formal than telegraph numbers.
I'd use @style with CSS for the rendering too; it keeps your TEI clean,
and it will actually translate nicely to HTML when you need to render.
On 14-06-23 03:20 PM, Joe Wicentowski wrote:
> Dear list,
> In the _Foreign Relations of the United States_ series (a documentary
> edition), a common practice in the print edition is to align the
> telegram number of a diplomatic correspondence on the same line as its
> dateline. For example, on the document shown on this page
> the telegram number, "2418.", is left-aligned on the *same* line as
> the right-aligned dateline, "Karachi, May 15, 1956—5 p.m."
> I have two questions:
> 1. What's the best way to describe the telegram number? <idno
> type="telegram"> or <rs type="telegram-number"> perhaps? I'd need to
> research the extent to which telegram numbers could be considered a
> "formal cataloging system" as
> suggests <idno> should be. <rs> seems quite broad. Is there anything
> better suited to the task?
> 2. Is there a good way to capture the same-line-ness of these two
> segments and the left-/right-alignment of this line in TEI?
> Approaches I've considered include:
> - A two-row table, with the left cell left-aligned and the right cell
> right-aligned. But <dateline> can't be contained by a <table>, and
> anyway, this feels just wrong.
> - Surround the <idno> and <dateline> with <opener>, and use
> CSS-inspired @style="display: inline; float: left" and -"right" for
> the <idno> and <dateline> respectively. This feels a little cleaner,
> but is this the approach others would recommend?