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I'd definitely agree with Gabby (and Piotr) here. The canonical 
use for <ab> is in my mind bible verses. They are not metrical 
lines, they are not paragraphs. An 'anonymous block' is a good 
way to mark them.

-James

On 08/11/13 11:55, Gabriel Bodard wrote:
> I think Piotr early in the last thread suggested `<ab>`, which
> doesn't have the semantic baggage of `<p>`. I use it for almost
> all groupings of sub-div-level text.
>
> On 2013-11-08 11:53, Christian Chiarcos wrote:
>> Yet another (and probably stupid) question:
>>
>> what would be the most appropriate markup up an original Bible
>> verse:
>>
>> - <l>: In fact, it can be said to be a line of verse, but this
>> is not
>> verse in the poetic sense (as apparently presupposed in TEI).
>> In poetic
>> renderings of the bible, the two definitions of verse would clash.
>> - <p>: In modern editions, Bible verses are often written within a
>> single paragraph, but this is not systematically the case.
>> - <seg type="verse">: This was used in the old CES scheme. No
>> longer
>> possible in TEI because <seg> is not allowed as a child of <div>
>> anymore, and marking chapter-level divs as <p> would be even more
>> unjustified than using <p> for verses.
>> - <span type="verse">: In a way it can be said that assigning a
>> verse id
>> "associates an interpretative annotation directly with a span
>> of text"
>> but I'm a little bit in doubt whether this really qualifies as an
>> "interpretative annotation".
>>
>> Both <l> and <p> are problematic, because the units under
>> consideration
>> are not directly grounded in text structure but in traditional
>> verse
>> numbering (regardless of how manifested in the respective
>> edition).
>>
>> Right now, I'm inclined to work with span, because it would be an
>> isomorphic mapping from the old CES specs, but I might have
>> overlooked
>> some more suitable alternative.
>>
>> Any ideas?
>> Christian
>


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