[tei-council] FR 3106829 on <quote> and <floatingText> (was Re: (no subject))

Kevin Hawkins kevin.s.hawkins at ultraslavonic.info
Tue Apr 12 09:29:09 EDT 2011

I've done some further revisions, so this is the latest version of the 
proposal for how to handle feature request 3106829.



The floatingText element should only be used for complete texts which 
form a part of the text being encoded. Where a character in one 
narrative quotes from some other text or narrative, fully or in part, 
the quote element discussed in 3.3.3 Quotation should be used instead.


It is important to distinguish the use of <floatingText> and <quote>. 
<quote> is a semantic element for a passage attributed to an external 
agent, whereas <floatingText> is a syntactic element and is used to 
provide rich internal structure for a text or part of a text which is 
included within the main text, such as an enclosure or attachment or 
simply a story within a frame narrative.  These elements may be used in 
combination. In the case of an extended quotation, <floatingText> may be 
used as a child of <quote>.  On the other hand, there may be cases where 
a <floatingText> includes one or more <quote> elements as part of its 

If there are no further comments in the next week, I can add this as a 
comment on the ticket.

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