Lost characters, quantity unknown

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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 (see sections VIII.7 for examples in which gap can contain other elements).

Important: whereas in cases in which the number of characters lost is known to the editor, quantity is used, in the case of an unknown number of characters being lost we use extent:

gap should also take the following attributes:

‘[---]’Silvio Panciera 8.3 ‘[- ca. ? -]’Josh Sosin
<gap
  reason="lost"
  extent="unknown"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

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

()
<gap
  reason="lost"
  extent="unknown"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • London style: [ - - - ]

(IRT: 6)
<gap
  reason="lost"
  extent="unknown"
  unit="character"/>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: [ - - - ]

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Responsibility for this section

  1. Charlotte Tupman, author
Date: 2014-02-09