[tei-council] certainty revised
James.Cummings at oucs.ox.ac.uk
Sun Feb 7 15:07:51 EST 2010
Martin Holmes wrote:
> I think if you find it OK, then we're simply differing with regard to
> the way I prefer to use these attributes versus the way other people
> might prefer to use them. I'm a bit literal-minded, so to me notAfter
> means "not after"; if it's perfectly OK for it to mean "probably not
> after", then I have no quibble.
Isn't this true of any markup though? If I say <date
when="1999-03-17"/> I can elsewhere express doubts about that @when.
Just because it is precise doesn't mean it is certain. So just because
I'm precise in my @notAfter (because I have evidence that provides me
that date) doesn't mean that I'm 100% confidence in the nature of that
evidence. In my mind @notAfter means the latest possible date for which
we have some evidence...the quality of that evidence may be disputable.
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