Hi Tara,

I've had a similar project, and what we did was provide a witness list
in the front matter of each file which includes the sigla for all
manuscripts in the edition as the unique xml:id for each witness - it
looks pretty much exactly like the example given in the listWit
description in the Guidelines
although we put the manuscript names as the content of <witness>. We
then pointed @ed on pb and lb, and @wit on rdg, to the xml:id of the
corresponding witness for that file.

Now that I think about it, we didn't specifically link the witnesses
in the listWit to the msDesc in the headers, but I suppose one could
do this using a @corresp on msDesc to point to the xml:id of the
corresponding witness.

Another option, if you don't want to have a complete witness list,
could be to use the sigla as the xml:id for the msDesc in each header.

If you're looking for a way to identify sigla that doesn't involve
providing them as xml:ids - I don't know, although I bet someone else
can suggest one.

Hope this helps,


On Thu, Jan 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM, Tara Andrews
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> This should (I hope) be a very easy question for those of you who are
> checking email over the holidays.
> I have a set of TEI files that are transcriptions of manuscript copies of a
> particular history, one file per manuscript.  I'm working on creating a
> critical edition from these manuscripts, and so I want to assign sigla to
> them, and I want to make a note of what sigil I've assigned somewhere in the
> <teiHeader/>.  What is the best way for me to stick this in?
> Happy new year to all (and happy leap second to all who observed it last
> night),
> -tara

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