Hi Thomas, hi list,

* Thomas A. Schmitz dixit [2014-06-27 11:58]:
> I hope this question isn't too basic: the text I'm currently working 
> on (Lucian) has a traditional sectioning system which I need to adopt. 
> Since I want to mark it up for lexical analysis and indexing, the 
> cleanest method appears to be <div> elements. Numbered sections may 
> appear as independent paragraphs, indented in modern editions, or the 
> numbering may occur in mid-paragraph. I can control this with an @rend 
> attribute.
> My problem is that modern editions also have indented "logical" 
> paragraphs (i.e. the editor wants to mark a logical division), which 
> may overlap these numbered sections. They are thus unnecessary for 
> purposes of analysis or indexing, but I still need to encode them. I 
> looked at the documentation, and the best solution seemed to be an 
> empty element (ch. 20.2), but neither <pb/> nor <cb/> nor <milestone/> 
> is quite what I'm looking for. What would you suggest for this case?

We have a similar problem, I think. (Some of) our texts have explicit 
structural sections, typographical sections and logical sections that 
happen to begin sometimes in the middle of a sentence. After some 
discussions, we have settled for a mixture of <div>, <p> and 
<milestone/> elements like below.

Example scans:

(the asterisk on the next-to-last line of the first scan indicates the 
beginning of a logical argument-section (which is referenced in the 
"SUMMA." list at the beginning of the quaestio), beginning in the middle 
of a typographical paragraph, which is one of several such paragraphs in 
the structural section marked by heading/lettrine initials etc.)

For these pages, our markup would look something like this (I have 
purged unnecessary stuff):

<div type="question" xml:id="Vol01Lect01Q01" n="1">
        An in Ecclesia sit aliqua dignitas, vel authoritas ecclesiastica, praeter potestatem civile.</head>
  <p>PRIMUM oportet, sicut de nomine Ecclesiae fecimus, ita quid per nomen
     Potestatis intelligatur, declarare. Neq; <milestone unit="article" n="1" xml:id="Vol01Lect01Q01Art01"/> enim
     omnino idem videtur esse potestas, quod potetia.
<pb facs="facs:W0013-0020" n="17" xml:id="facs_W0013-0020"/>
     Nec materiam siquidem, neq; sensus, imò nec intellectum, aut volutatem potestates, sed
     potentias vocamus. Cotrà <milestone unit="article" n="2" xml:id="Vol01Lect01Q01Art02"/> autem magistratus,
     sacerdotia, et omnino imperia potestates
  <p>[Perhaps another typographical paragraph]</p>
<div type="question" xml:id="Vol01Lect01Q02" n="2">

So far, we are just almost through with our conceptual work defining our 
markup and do not yet have much practical experience with this approach, 
but perhaps you find it useful...



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