[tei-council] Guidelines confusion over damage/unclear?

David Sewell dsewell at virginia.edu
Thu May 1 11:05:55 EDT 2008

In coming up with an example of <unclear> for the ref page, I noticed
that the Guidelines and the reference page for <unclear> offer somewhat
contradictory advice.

In 11.5.1, "Damage, Illegibility, and Supplied Text"


where a passage from the Elder Edda is used as an example, this advice
is given about using <unclear> within <damage>:

  If it is desired to supply more information about the kind of damage, it
  is also possible to nest an <unclear> element within the <damage>
     um aldr d<damage agent="rubbing">
     </damage> yndisniota

However, <unclear> itself can take @agent, and in the reference section


@agent is indicated for "Where the difficulty in transcription arises
from damage, categorizes the cause of the damage, if it can be
identified", with sample values of "rubbing", "mildew", and "smoke".

Which suggests that this tagging of the Guidelines example would do
just as well:

   um aldr d<unclear reason="damage" agent="rubbing">aga</unclear>

with no <damage> tag needed.

Is this just a case of "there's more than one way to do it", or should
the Guidelines language at 11.5.1 be revised?


David Sewell, Editorial and Technical Manager
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