[tei-council] [Fwd: [ tei-Feature Requests-2909766 ] make <del> and <add> (etc) dateable]

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jan 15 13:05:27 EST 2010

On 15 Jan 2010, at 17:07, Lou wrote:

> Slippery slope warning. The date is presumably unambiguously always the
> date that the addition or deletion was made, rather than the date that it
> was identified by the encoder?

well, yes. we dont usually record the date when a feature was identified, do we?
we don't say <death when="2010">January 1974</death> meaning "We decided
in 2010 that she died in 1974"

> So I can say <add
> notAfter="1802">wibble</add> for an addition which I think was made before
> 1802. Of course some bright spark will now ask for the ability to record an
> addition that was (prior to evidence uncovered in 1904) believed to be 19th
> century, but which is actually much older. 

Seems to me a fairly shallow and well-treated slope. I don't see any
real problem saying that recording this is done in some other way.
But I guess I am biased cos I made the suggestion....

Sebastian Rahtz      
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