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A 2. The modern edition

A 2. The modern edition

Several tags will be the same as in the early editions. For the modern edition, however, all tagging is "logical" rather than "representational" -- in other words, you will not indicate whether a word should be emphasized or italicized, but will indicate the function of the word, allowing the software to do the formatting. For this reason, you will not be using tags like <I></I>, <C></C>, or <RA></RA>, even if you expect the final text to be italic, centered or right aligned.

A 2.1. Header

Each document will have a "header" describing in detail the provenance of the text, the names of those involved in developing it, and a list of tags and abbreviations used. The header will be compiled by the Coordinating Editor from information supplied by the editor.

A 2.2. Hierarchical tags

<ACT n="[number]">  Act division.
<SCENE n="[number]"> Scene division.
 <S> Speech.
   <SP norm="[Name]"> </SP> Speech Prefix.
   <VERSEQUOTE source="[source]"> </VERSEQUOTE> Verse quotation (e.g. song).
     <DIV> </DIV> Defines patterns of rhyming verse. There are
      five descriptions of rhyme scheme.
        form="couplet | coupletSequence | sonnet | quatrain | rhymeSequence"
      for rhymeSequence you can add: rhyme="[pattern]" (for example)
      Example: <DIV form="rhymeSequence" rhyme="aabbcddc"> . . . </DIV>
   <PROSEQUOTE source="[source]"> </PROSEQUOTE> Prose quotation (e.g. quoted letter)
   <FOREIGN lang="[language]"> </FOREIGN> Surrounds a word or phrase in a
    language other than English.
   <TITLE> </TITLE> Surrounds the title of a book or other work.
   <EM> </EM> Surrounds words to be emphasized.

A 2.3. Tags which may be used within the boundaries of more than one level of the hierarchical tags, but may not cross those boundaries

Surrounds the text of a heading (act, scene etc.).

<L n="n" part="i | m | f" />
See 4.4.8 above on division into lines. 

<SPACE n="[number]" />
Indicates significant space to be left in the text. The most common instance of this will be in formatting the lines of verse in a song or sonnet, where some lines will be indented further than others. The number of m-spaces should be indicated. There is no </SPACE> tag. Note that this is the only representational tag in the modern text.

<SD t="entrance | exit | setting | sound | delivery |
whoto | action | other | optional | uncertain"
> </SD>

<TLN n="[number]" />
Through Line Number.

A 2.4. Tags which have no hierarchical structure, and may cross the boundaries of those listed above

One tag does not have to follow a hierarchical structure: that which records the current mode of the work (verse or prose):

<MODE t="[mode]"> </MODE>
where t="verse | prose | uncertain".

A 2.5. The notes to the modern edition

The Notes to the modern edition will be in a separate file, keyed by act, scene, and Through Line Number of the modern edition. See 5.3.1 above, where there are a number of examples.

A 2.6. The collation

Like the Notes, the Collation will be in a separate file, keyed by act, scene, and Through Line Number of the modern edition. The Collation will also use the same method of indicating the passage to which it refers. See 4.6.8-9 for the template and some examples of collations.

A 2.7. The annotated bibliography

Bibliographies are formatted in HTML as ordered lists:

<ol> </ol> surrounds the whole bibliography
<li> </li> surrounds each entry

A 2.8. Abbreviations

The abbreviations will use standard HTML tags for a "Definition List":

<DL> </DL> surrounds the whole abbreviation list
<DT> </DT> surrounds the abbreviation
<DD> </DD> surrounds the expanded reference

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