Dear Oliver

Following up on Elena Piearazzo's comments, on the likely problems of using <line> with other TEI mark-up -- you have a very simple solution. Use <lb/>. 

Indeed, in general, unless you are working in the rather rarefied world of genetic manuscript transcriptions, where indeed the precise and efficient representation of how exactly the text appears on the page (and, in what order it was written, etc) is all-important, you are generally better off using <lb/> (and <pb/>, <cb/>, <milestone/> etc), used as defined in P5, and giving you access to <rs> and loads else. Of course, using <lb/> to indicate line breaks, as opposed to <line> to hold the content of the line, presents other challenges: it makes the styling of each individual line of text somewhat more difficult to achieve -- difficult, but not impossible.

One might comment, as I have elsewhere, that it was a mistake for the editors of P5 to choose to include the system for encoding genetic editions developed by Pierazzo and others under the rubric "Representation of Primary Sources", with the clear implication that this should be used for transcription of all manuscript materials.  If you need to use <rs> etc (not to mention information on the intellectual structure -- the poems, verse lines, chapters etc of what you are encoding), so that text disposition on the page and writing acts are not all-important, then you should not use this system.


On 22 Nov 2013, at 07:41, Oliver Gasperlin wrote:

Dear List,

I'm sure we are not the only ones doing manuscript transcriptions using
<line> for topographic lines.
But did anyone try to mark up persons or personal names within those kind of
And how would you do it, given that <rs> and <name> are not valid within

Would that be a case for a feature request? 

Kind regards
Oliver Gasperlin

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Dear all,

I would like to distinguish persons within my documentary markup, using

<line>My personal life during the administration of <rs type="person">Col.

But I'm missing the core <rs> and <name> Elements in the declaration of

May there be an argument for integrating them within model.linePart? 

Or is it something one is not supposed to do on the documentary level?

I'm looking forward to all comments on this.

Kind regards
Oliver Gasperlin 


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