Possible Illegible Characters/Lines

Where vestiges of characters or lines possibly remain, but they cannot be recognised and their quantity is unknown, a gap should be used, and given a reason attribute with a value of "illegible" and an extent with a value of "unknown". To express uncertainty as to whether or not an illegible character or line is actually present, a <certainty> with a match corresponding to the parent element (i.e. the gap) should be given a locus with a value of "name".

Panciera 1991 VIII.7; Sosin 2011: [- - -?]

<gap reason="illegibleextent="unknown"
 unit="line">

 <certainty match="..locus="name"/>
</gap>
()
<gap reason="illegibleextent="unknown"
 unit="character">

 <certainty match="..locus="name"/>
</gap>
()
<gap reason="illegiblequantity="3"
 unit="character">

 <certainty match="..locus="name"/>
</gap>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: ?  ̣  ̣  ̣

(DDbDP: chla.5.286)

Responsibility for this section

  1. Scott Vanderbilt, author
  2. Charlotte Tupman, author

EpiDoc version: 8.20

Date: 2014-12-04