In-reply-to: Arjan Loeffen's post of 1996-07-08 13:53Z
> Some days ago I was asked to help out in finding a good way of
> specifying vertical whitespace in texts, as between paragraphs and
There is, of course, the SPACE element. See chapter 18.2.5. But I
agree with you that space is usually a renditional feature of a
> ... the rend= ... attribute should be used ... [but] is not very
> portable. ... some consensus must emerge ... on the rend= attribute
> I would like to know if in any project a clear encoding strategy
> has been devised for rendition aspects
The Brown University Women Writers Project has a reasonably clear, if
not entirely coherent, strategy for encoding renditional aspects of
our texts. For example,
* we do not record minor variations in interword spacing;
* we do not record small spaces before punctuation;
* we do record indentation levels of lines of poetry;
* we do record shifts to and from italics;
* we do record the presence of a dropped initial capital, but
* we do not record the actual size of a dropped initial capital.
Our strategy is, of course, not comprehensive, as we come across some
new renditional aspect with frightening frequency.
Our strategy is not yet formally documented in one place; rather,
we have documented each piece of renditional strategy either separately
or as part of a larger discussion of, say, poetry. We are planning to
either condense the documentation so that the entire renditional
strategy would be in one place, or to make all of our documentation
into hypertext, so that a single page can point to all the separate
pieces of the rendition strategy. I'm hoping we can do this by
mid-fall, but don't hold your breath.
> I can imagine the rend= to be an expression in a 'rendition syntax'
> (cf. extended pointer syntax).
Wow. I certainly hope this is a case of great minds thinking alike.
The syntax we use at the WWP is similiar to that of the location
ladder of the extended pointer system, and is thus called a
> ... reference to (standard) style specification languages such as
> FOSI or DSSSL do not exactly fit in.
My thoughts also.
> If you have such a standard rendition information format, could you
> direct me to the place to find it and/or publish it on TEI-LIST?
We do have a standard rendition information format (aka the rendition
ladder) at the WWP. I have been meaning to publish it on TEI-L or
TEI-TECH for some time now. With your post as a prompt, I will try to
have it in shape to post by the end of the week. Furthermore, we plan
to make a large volume of encoding methodology policies publicly
available, probably on the web, and hopefully by mid-fall.