A number of projects cataloguing early print material and
incunables have reported that the current msdescription module meets most of their requirements, albeit with some grimaces about the names of the elements. It has been suggested that it would be desirable in the medium term to try to generalise the "ms*" elements into "text-bearing-object*".
This proposal is one of two aimed to meet the most urgent needs so far identified. It is to define a new typeDesc element, analagous to handDesc, and as an
alternative to it, is needed to contain descriptions of the typographic features of a printed source, within the physDesc.
See further discussion on TEI Council list 2008-08-05 et seq.