Appendix: Aligning EpiDoc with DDbDP

α(βγ)Modern expansion of an abbreviationAbbreviation fully expanded
[αβγ]Text lost, restored by the editorRestored text
[........]Up to 8 characters lost, cannot be restoredLost characters, quantity known
[ - ca.4 - ]Approximate number of characters lost, cannot be restoredLost characters, quantity approximate
[ - ca.9 - ]More than 8 characters lost, cannot be restored; note: DDbDP practice assumes that assertion of losses greater than 8 characters is imprecise, whether the editor writes [..........] or [- ca.10 - ]Lost characters, quantity known and Lost characters, quantity approximate
[ - ca.? - ]Unknown number of characters lost, cannot be restored
<αβγ>Characters erroneously omitted by the scribe, added by modern editorSupplement of omitted characters
\αβγ/Text added above the line in antiquityText added by ancient hand
/αβγ\Text added below the line in antiquityText added by ancient hand
{αβγ}Superfluous letters removed by the editorSuperfluous text
α̣β̣γ̣Underdotted by editor to indicate characters ambiguous outside of context, characters damaged, illegible or otherwise uncertainAmbiguous characters (Leiden underdot)
αβγCharacters seen by a previous editor now lost, or attested in an ancient duplicateText visible to previous editor and Text restored from parallel copy
〚αβγ〛Characters deleted in antiquityErased but legible text and Erased and lost
vac.Space left emptyVacat measured in charactrers
- ca.? -Traces Illegible / vestigesIllegible characters, quantity unknown
……..Up to 8 characters illegibleIllegible characters, quantity known
- ca.9 -More than 8 characters illegible; note: DDbDP practice assumes that assertion of illegible characters of length greater than 8 is imprecise.Illegible characters, quantity known and Illegible characters, quantity approximate
- ca.? -Unknown number of characters illegibleIllegible characters, quantity unknown
-- -- -- -- -- -- --Break in papyrus/ostracon/tablet, resulting in unknown number of lost linesLost lines, quantity unknown and Lines possibly lost / text possibly breaks

Table above taken from DDbDP Conventions. See also: Leiden+ Help Page.

Responsibility for this section

  1. Gabriel Bodard, author
Date: 2014-02-09