Hi Martin,

> It seems slightly odd to me that <entryFree> can contain  
> <superEntry> rather than the reverse.

You find a reason for this in the model class system (Guidelines  
Appendix A Model Classes).
<entry>, <entryFree> and <superEntry> form the model class 'model.entryLike':
"model.entryLike groups elements structurally analogous to paragraphs  
within dictionaries."
That is what you would expect within dictionaries.

Then there is another model class 'model.entryPart': "groups non-morphological
elements appearing within a dictionary entry". together with a reference to
chapter 9.1 'Dictionary Body and Overall Structure' of the Guidelines. But I
couldn't find it there.
This model class listed in chapter 1.5 'The TEI Infrastructure Module' of
the Guidelines as a component of Module tei: 'Declarations for  
classes, datatypes,
and macros available to all TEI modules'.
'model.entryPart' is used by <cit>, <dictScrap>, <entryFree> and   
<nym> and has as
members "colloc def etym form gramGrp hom hyph lbl orth pos pron re sense subc
superEntry syll usg xr". This is why <entryFree> may contain  
"<superentry>" and
<cit>, <dictScrap> and <nym> as well. I can't find a lexicographical  
reason for that.
May be someone else can.
Could it be a forgotten relic of a reorganization of model classes?

Best regards from Franconia

Quoting Martin Holmes <[log in to unmask]>:

> I think there are good arguments for making <entryFree> available as  
> a child of <superEntry>. Just because entries are structured in such  
> a manner that they don't work well with <entry> does not mean that  
> they may not be organized into <superEntry>-like structures.
> It seems slightly odd to me that <entryFree> can contain  
> <superEntry> rather than the reverse.
> Cheers,
> Martin
> On 15-02-11 08:10 AM, Geoffrey Williams wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I am currently trying to markup up a late 17th French dictionary.  
>> The obvious element for certain sets of entries is <Superentry>,  
>> however, ideally within this I would use <entryfree> as this  
>> material does not follow easily standardizable formats.  
>> Unfortunately, only entry is offered. I know I can tweak, but I  
>> prefer to know why this restriction exists before finding another  
>> solution.
>> Best wishes
>> Geoffrey
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