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Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions and ideas. I'm not sure I agree with Martin that there is no salute in that sentence. It's true, however, that there are probably many cases of doubt. Presently I feel the best solution might be not to encode at all the inline saluting phrases.

Peter

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> I often use this way of "not quite salutating" in deliberately informal
> correspondence. For instance, I might write an email like "Thank you, Lou, for
> this excellent suggestion." Whenever I do this, I'm very aware of the fact that
> I'm not "salutating"  but am actively avoiding it. A very different case from
> the very formal royal opener Paul Schaffner mentions in another email. So I
> agree with Lou if I understand him correctly as saying that whatever this kind
> of thing is it isn't a case of <salute>. It belongs somewhere in a 'narratological
> typology' of names that begins with 'MHNIN AEIDE QEA' and 'ANDRA MOI
> ENNEPE MOUSA', apostrophic uses of names, if you will. There will be many
> shades of gray and  other colours, and I wonder whether any attempt to
> manage it with elements or attributes will sooner rather than later remind us
> (or at least me) of Wallace Stevens'
> line "The squirming facts exceed the squamous mind."
> 
> 
> Martin Mueller
> Professor emeritus of English and Classics Northwestern University
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On 6/26/14, 6:02, "Lou Burnard" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> ><opener>, <salute> and other divLiminal elements were originally
> >thought of in the context of print or manuscript traditions which set
> >off such things visually from the other "plain" paragraphs of a document.
> >However, some of them (notably <salute>) also have a semantic aspect
> >which can apply to any string of text, within or outside of a <p>.
> >
> >In the case where a printed version of the text would plausibly offset
> >the salutation from the rest, I think I would prefer something like
> ><salute rend="inline">Dear Freddy</salute><p>How are you?</p>
> >
> >If you want an inline-salutation element, I think it has to be a
> >different one. And you also have to decide whether you will treat
> >things like
> >
> ><p>How, my dear Freddy, are you?</p>
> >
> >in the same way.
> >
> >
> >
> >   On 26/06/14 10:05, Peter Stadler wrote:
> >> Dear Peter,
> >>
> >> I got no solution but all I can tell is: you¹re not alone ;-)  There
> >>are several correspondence related elements (opener, closer,
> >>postscript, salute, signed) which impose a (prototypic) structure that
> >>not necessarily matches with "real³ correspondence texts. The issue is
> >>on the Correspondence SIG¹s agenda [1] but has been deferred because
> >>we started with the "easy" header additions [2].
> >>
> >> Best
> >> Peter
> >>
> >> [1]
> >>http://wiki.tei-
> c.org/index.php/SIG:Correspondence#Topics_currently_un
> >>der
> >>_discussion
> >> [2] https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/510/
> >>
> >> Am 26.06.2014 um 10:24 schrieb Peter Boot
> <[log in to unmask]>:
> >>
> >>> This seems like a rather basic question, but how do you all deal
> >>>with salutations that are embedded within the first paragraph of a
> >>>letter or postcard?
> >>>
> >>> When the salutation is placed above the text, we use:
> >>>
> >>>         <opener>
> >>>            <salute>Dear Freddy</salute>
> >>>         </opener>
> >>>         <p>How are you?</p>
> >>>
> >>> But we have a postcard that starts like this:
> >>>
> >>> Dear Freddy, how are you
> >>>
> >>> Since salute is not allowed immediately in a paragraph, we could
> >>>introduce a new element ('opener-inline')  to deal with this:
> >>>
> >>>         <p><opener-inline><salute>Dear
> >>>Freddy</salute></opener-inline>, how are you?</p>
> >>>
> >>> Or just allow salute within p, which seems the preferable solution
> >>>to me.
> >>>
> >>> Similar issues arise in closing salutations, that can also be
> >>>embedded within regular paragraphs. We have a postscript like this:
> >>>
> >>>             <postscript><p>Mr. Foster came to see me, I am going to
> >>>                   him tomorrow. <salute>Good bye. Au
> >>>revoir!</salute></p></postscript>
> >>>
> >>> where you wouldn't want to move the salute to a fictitious closer.
> >>>
> >>> Peter