[tei-council] Notes on chapter 11 (part one)

Martin Holmes mholmes at uvic.ca
Tue Nov 8 01:10:41 EST 2011

I'm turning out to have a lot of comments, so I'm sending the first 
batch now; more in a bit:

Notes on: 11 Representation of Primary Sources (1)

"...to identify individuals appearing in a group portraits and link them 
to data about the person represented." [Delete "a", change "person" to 

"...<surface> defines a written surface in terms of a rectangular 
coordinate space, optionally grouping one or more graphic 
representations of that space, and rectangular zones of interest within 
it." ["rectangular" is obsolete.]

The first example showing a zone on the left side of the page doesn't 
make much sense; the graphic is provided as a child of <zone>, rather 
than <surface>, so the coordinate system provided by <surface> is not in 
the context of anything, whereas the coordinate system provided by 
<zone> seems only provide the width and height of the graphic. This 
example needs reworking, I think.

The second example is much better, but it has a <desc> on the first 
<zone> with a description of the content, while the subsequent <zone>s 
have their descriptions in comments. There should be consistency here; 
suggest <desc> throughout.

"Zones need not nest within each other; they must however be 
rectangular, as previously noted." [It's not true that they must be 

"If the transcription is regarded as a text in its own right, organized 
and structured independently of its physical realization in the document 
or documents represented by the facsimile, then the recommended practice 
is to use the <text> element, provided as a sibling of the facsimile 
element." [This suggests that a <zone> is linked directly to a <text>; 
what it should imply is that a <zone> is linked to a descendant of <text>.]

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