Handling primary sources in TEI XML

7. Encoding abbreviations (1)

TEI proposes two levels of encoding:
  • the whole of an abbreviated word and the whole of its expansion: <abbr> and <expan>
  • abbreviatory signs or characters and the ‘invisible’ characters they imply: <am> and <ex>

The Old Icelandic word hann (‘he’) is usually written as a brevigraph, combining the letter h with a horizontal stroke representing nasalisation (Unicode character 0305, functionally similar to the modern tilde). It looks like this:

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