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On a similar project, we've used:

<list type="creatures">


<list type="artifacts">


and so on. I agree with Sebastian, though, that it's OK to handle 
fictional or mythological figures using <listPerson>.

Cheers,
Martin

On 13-11-20 01:53 PM, Rachel Moloshok wrote:
> Hi Sebastian,
>
> I’m working on this project with Sarah. We can certainly see how having
> a list of fictional people, like “Uncle Sam,” might not be that hard,
> but we are leery of encoding symbols such as “Donkey” (i.e., the
> Democratic Party) or “Ballot Box” (used in various contexts to represent
> voting, the voice of the people, etc.) using <person> elements. Can
> <person> be defined this broadly? Interested in hearing your thoughts.
>
> Rachel Moloshok
>
> Assistant Editor and Scholarly Programs Associate
>
> Historical Society of Pennsylvania
>
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>
> *From:*TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) public discussion list
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Sebastian Rahtz
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:40 PM
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> *Subject:* Re: depicted vs mentioned (and a symbol-ography?)
>
> what a nice project. well jell, as my dorter say.
>
> Seems to me that you could have two <listPerson>, one for the real
> folks, and the other
>
> for the Gnasher and Winston (the janitor's cat). They'll all have unique
> IDs, and you link to them
>
> from <persName> using @ref. Then the processing can look up which
> <listPerson> the entity is
>
> in, and style the occurrence accordingly.
>
> or am I over simplifying it?
>
> Sebastian Rahtz
> Oxford University IT Services
>

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Martin Holmes
University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre
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