Lost characters, quantity known

A gap (gap) indicates a point at which material has been omitted in a transcription, whether for editorial reasons described in the TEI header, as part of sampling practice, or because the material is illegible, invisible, or inaudible.

Where characters have been lost on the original support and there is nothing to indicate to the editor how these should be restored, this is marked up as a lacuna using gap. Note that this is usually an empty element, as it marks a point at which the lacuna occurs, and therefore does not contain any content.

For a straightforward lacuna whose extent is known, gap should take the following three attributes:

‘[...]’Silvio Panciera 8.3
<gap
  reason="lost"
  quantity="3"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: [  ̣  ̣  ̣]
  • Default (Panciera) style: [...]

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‘[ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣]’Josh Sosin
<gap
  reason="lost"
  quantity="6"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: [  ̣  ̣  ̣  ̣  ̣  ̣]
  • Default (Panciera) style: [c. 6]

‘[ -ca. 9- ]’Josh Sosin
<gap
  reason="lost"
  quantity="9"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: [- ca.9 -]
  • Default (Panciera) style: [c. 9]

<gap
  reason="lost"
  quantity="5"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • London style: [·· 5··]

(IRT: 126)
<gap
  reason="lost"
  quantity="13"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: [- ca.13 -]

(DDbDP: bgu.1.109)

Responsibility for this section

  1. Charlotte Tupman, author Gabriel Bodard, author

EpiDoc version: 8.19

Date: 2014-07-31