[tei-council] post Dublin ticket update 1

O'Donnell, Dan daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Thu May 6 13:03:46 EDT 2010

Thanks Lou!

On 10-05-06 10:49 AM, Lou wrote:
>    2909766  (make<del>  and<add>  (etc) dateable) -- I've added a comment
> asking whether the genetic @stage proposal is going to be sufficient for
> this use case, or whether we want to support that in parallel with the
> use of att.datable attributes (actually @stage looks remarkably similar
> to @period, so maybe the two should be considered together.)
In broad terms as I understand the genetic proposal, @stage would be a 
theoretically appropriate approach to this... but in practice you might 
be just talking about, for example, the hand of a twentieth century 
librarian who put a folio number in the corner: calling that a revisions 
stage may seem to many to be de trop. But I'd cede to Elena on this.

While I like the idea of trying to keep the number of 
distinct-but-semantically-similar attributes and elements to a minimum, 
I think in this case that there may be enough of a distinction between 
@stage and @period to keep them distinct. Again, as I understand it, a 
stage is really an event in the revision history of a document rather 
than a period. So while it could time associated with it, its main 
feature is where it falls in the historical sequence of revisions: you 
could have a known stage with an unknown period, for example.

Again, I'd cede to Elena if I'm wrong on this.
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