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".

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<gap
  reason="illegible"
  extent="unknown"
  unit="line">

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

 <certainty match="..locus="name"/>
</gap>
()
<gap
  reason="illegible"
  quantity="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
Date: 2014-02-09