Handling primary sources in TEI XML

5. Structure and layout

  • As elsewhere we distinguish ‘structure’ (the way the intellectual content of a work is logically organized) from ‘layout’ (the physical arrangement of the text on the page).
  • The structural view is generally privileged over the layout view in TEI documents. Common practice is to mark <div> <p>, <lg>, <l> (etc) elements, elements, as in printed texts, and to use empty ‘milestone’ tags for significant points in the physical layout, for example <pb/>, <cb/>, and <lb/> , for page-, column- and line-boundaries respectively.
  • (The opposite practice is also feasible: one could imagine marking up a structural hierarchy of <gathering>, <leaf>, etc. with milestone elements to mark the points at which ‘structural’ components begin and end.)

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