Hi all,

in the transcription of Jane Austen's manuscript an element like 
<ornament> would be perfect as JA tend to reproduce in her manuscripts 
the appearance of printed books ruling, for instances, headings and 
drawings rules to fill lines at the end of paragraphs.

In some cases a rend attribute can be used, for instance <head 
rend="ruled">, but in other cases it is more difficult as for the 
filling rules for which I use a <seg> element or for decorations she 
draw in the covers.
This decorations are indeed really basic and it seems really not worthy 
to include such thing as graphics of images as they can be reproduced in 
the output using HTML/CSS features.

Perhaps the needs of my project are really too specific, but I just 
wanted to mention a circumstance in which I would have used such element 
in case it would have been available.


Lou's Laptop wrote:
> Back in the mists of time, in P1, and even also in P2,  to be exact, 
> the TEI boasted an element called <ornament>.  I quote:
> ------------------
> Description:  marks the position of a printers device, ornament or fig-
>      ure for example on a title page or elsewhere in a printed text.
> Attributes:      desc:  provides a brief description of the appearance 
> of the orna-
>            ment.
>      Data type:  CDATA
>      Value:  A brief descriptive phrase      Default value:  #IMPLIED
>      This attribute is optional. Example:           <ornament desc='a 
> donkey burdened with books'>
>                   <s>DEFEROR IN VICVM</s>
>                   <s>VENDENTEM THVS ET ODORES</s>
>           </ornament> Remarks:  Any text included in the ornament may 
> be encoded as distinct
>      segments as content of the <ornament> element. The appearance of
>      the ornament itself (for example as a bit-mapped image) should be
>      encoded in the same way as other embedded images; see section 42,
>      "Formal Grammar for the TEI-Interchange-Format Subset of SGML,"
>      [in separate fascicle]
> Part:  base tag set for common core features.
> Member of classes:  tpParts
> -----------------
> In P3 this element was removed, largely on the grounds that <figure> 
> would do the job just as well, though maybe the vagueness and 
> inaccuracy of the tagdoc quoted above didn't encourage anyone to keep it.
> However, bibliographers are a tenacious bunch, and the revival of this 
> element has now been proposed in some quarters (you know who you 
> are).... so what do the People think?
> Are printers ornament sufficiently interesting -- and crucially, 
> sufficiently different -- that they deserve an element of their own? 
> Or should P5 continue to insist that you represent them in your 
> encoding by means of a <graphic> or <figure> element?

Elena Pierazzo
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