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.
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type="cite">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-
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
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?
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