Names, People, and Places

6. Traits, states, and events

The scope of elements one might record for a named entity is large. The TEI provides three generic elements, and some specific ones.

We identify three main classes of information:
  • characteristics or traits which do not, by and large, change over time
  • characteristics or states which hold true only at a specific time
  • events or incidents which may lead to a change of state or, less frequently, trait

For a person, typical traits are such things as <faith>, <sex>, <socEcStatus>; typical states are such things as <occupation>, <residence>, <education>; typical events are such things as <birth> and <death>.

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