Dear colleagues,

In order to follow already existing habits, we are looking for some
examples of encoding for palimpsest texts, that is:
- erasing intentionally and entirely or most of the surface of the TBO:
some symbols are still observable and eventually readable on this/these
older layer(s).
- reusing the same surface to write another text, sometimes totally
different from the previous one: this most recent layer on the manuscript
is usually more readable than the older one / the olders.

Palimpsest texts have a "semantic baggage" that is a bit different from
similar writing processes such as the two following examples:
- erasing part of the written surface (e.g.: a word or a letter) and
rewrite for correcting a mistake for instance; in such an example both
writings belong to the same layer and the writing process belongs to a same
intention / moment / production.
- erasing and leave this textual phenomena visible such as in the cases of
damnatio memoriae on some inscriptions.

We have searched in the Mark up list and TEI-L list archives and we have
not found yet any previous messages that was convincing enough and
definitive practice. The most interesting message seems to suggest to use
the <altidentifier> with a @type + a value such as "palimpsest". But it
also seems to refer to another description process, that is when one should
collect several versions of a same text from various TBO.;ae9cfb92.1102

Could several <div> and / or <ab> be used to encode the overlapping texts
on a same TBO + some attribute (@type ?) + a value ("palimpsest" ?) ?

What are your habits describe each layer of texts that are overlapping in a
palimpsest manuscript?

Would some of you be kind enough to share their previous experiences (XML
code and / or links), please?


Marion Lamé