On Thu, 18 Dec 1997, Peter C. Gorman asked an interesting question about
how to handle multiple authorship in a collection of different texts. I
don't recall anyone else answering him, so here goes.
|I'm working on a project that consists of a series of 50 texts (mostly
|poetry, but also stories and essays) by the Icelandic author Jonas
|Hallgrimsson (1807-1845). The texts are presented in Icelandic with
|English translations. There are also extensive commentaries on each
|work, a biography, and a text on the prosodic aspects of Icelandic
|poetry. The main texts are contained in <div3> elements with corresp
|attributes linking the translations. I'd like to mark these texts in
|such a way that I can create an index of just Jonas's works (as opposed
|to other, quoted texts or the commentaries).
I think the easiest way of doing this would be to use the DECLS
You don't say whether you are encoding this series of texts as a
teiCorpus or as a single TEI.2 element (I would recommend the former,
but the fact that you say the "main texts are contained in <div3>
elements" suggests the latter). Either way, you will need to switch on
the extensions for corpora. You can then define a <particDesc> element
in your header, which contains separate <person> elements for Jonas
himself, the other authors cited or translated, Jonas as cited by others
etc. each with an ID. For each declarable element in the rest of your
TEI.2 or teiCorpus, you can now supply on its DECLS attribute the
identifier for the <person> concerned.
<person id=JO>Jonas Himself</person>
<person id=JX>Jonas in Translation</person>
<!-- etc -->
<div3 id=T1 decls="JO">
<!-- a text by Jonas -->
<div3 id=T1 decls="JX">
<!-- a text by Jonas in Translation -->
For a list of declarable elements, and further discussion of this method,
see P3 pp 659-660
p.s. a happy new year to all tei-l readers!