I cannot answer, but ask in turn, what is wrong with <quote type="incipit">
(within <msitem>, presumably)? An incipit is, after all, normally either
a quotation of the MS text or some normalized version of same.
For that reason, I do not know why <incipit> should not have roughly the
same content model as <quote>, if that is indeed what it is.
On Mon, Mar 12, 2018, at 08:28, Torsten Schassan wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> this morning a colleague of mine who's cataloguing medieval manuscripts
> at the library came up to me asking whether it (still) isn't possible to
> encode lines and line groups in incipits etc.
> Which brought me back to the archive of tei-l and I recalled the
> discussion we had already in 2013.
> The question I have: Has a "formal" decision been taken, e.g. by the
> Council, whether my request or Martin's arguments against were the
> "right" way according to the general TEI ideas? I would like to see such
> a decision in order to (re)solve the the issue.
> Just because it hasn't been mentioned in the discussion so far: Although
> <incipit> et.al. are elements used on the metadata level, they
> anticipate the full-text transcription. In the catalogues, the incipit
> does *not at all* contain normalized or synthetic information but is
> purely transcriptional. Thus they should be able to have those children
> used in transcriptions. The synthetic information is called "initium"
> (in German) and can be found in a special index in a catalogue.
> I have to admit, that because of this last fact, I agreed with my
> colleague that right now we use <quote type="incipit"> and nested <lg>
> in the manuscript description in order to represent the content and the
> textual structure of the manuscript in the right way and nonetheless
> achieve a valid TEI document. It's a vote with one's feet but that's
> maybe how theoretical discussions in the TEI and practical use of the
> Guidelines relate to each other? And seen from the point of view of a
> manuscript cataloguer there's no point in not allowing <lg> etc inside
> of <incipit>.
> Curious, best, Torsten
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