Uninterpreted characters

Clear but incomprehensible letters

Characters clearly read but not interpreted by the editor, conventionally written in uppercase in a Leiden transcription, should be tagged using the <orig> element. The characters need not be written in uppercase (in fact arguably it may be better if they were not), although characters such as Latin V or Greek Σ, which cannot be assigned an unambiguous lowercase form when uninterpreted, may be safer in uppercase. The example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets currently output uppercase letters in the HTML whether or not the letters are in lower or uppercase in the XML.

‘ABC’Silvio Panciera III.2
<orig>abc</orig>
()
<orig>V</orig>
()
<orig>Σ</orig>
()
<orig>sppo</orig>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Default (Panciera) style: SPPO
  • SEG style: SPPO
  • London style: SPPO

(IRT: 480)
<gap
  reason="lost"
  atLeast="1"
  atMost="2"
  unit="character"/>

<orig>a</orig>
<gap
  reason="lost"
  atLeast="1"
  atMost="2"
  unit="character"/>

<orig>a</orig>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • London style: [·· 1-2··]A[·· 1-2··]A

(IRT: 6)
<orig n="unresolved">ε<unclear reason="damage">κ</unclear>
</orig>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • London style: ΕΚ̣

(InsAph: 1.120)

Responsibility for this section

  1. Beatrice Lietz, author
  2. Gabriel Bodard, author
  3. Charlotte Tupman, author

EpiDoc version: 8.19

Date: 2014-07-31