#550 prescription/description


p. 435

Text: "the degree of prescription"

Suggestion: "the degree of description"


  • Martin Holmes

    Martin Holmes - 2013-04-09

    Some background: this is in Manuscript Description, and the full para is:

    "To cater for this diversity, here as elsewhere, these Guidelines
    propose a flexible approach, in which encoders must choose for
    themselves the degree of prescription appropriate to their needs, and
    are provided with a choice of encoding mechanisms to support those
    differing degrees."

    In the context, I think "prescription" is intended to mean "the degree of constraint which the customized schema will impose on the encoder". If I'm right, then there's nothing wrong with it, although it might benefit from being expanded for clarity.

  • Kevin Hawkins

    Kevin Hawkins - 2013-04-09

    I think both Martin's and Jens's interpretations of intent for this passage in the MS chapter are quite plausible at this point in the introduction to this chapter. Perhaps we should actually expand it to address the degree of description and the degree of prescription?

    It seems to me that this discussion of degrees is not at all specific to manuscript description and could apply to most any chapter, in which case it doesn't actually belong here but should instead be in "About these Guidelines" (chapter AB).

  • Jens Østergaard Petersen

    I see. The passage occurs on both p. 301 and p. 435. Otherwise, "prescription" (or "prescribe") is not used in this "schematic" sense in the Guidelines. A more readily understandable word would surely be "restriction".

  • Sebastian Rahtz

    Sebastian Rahtz - 2013-04-12
    • status: open --> closed-fixed
  • Sebastian Rahtz

    Sebastian Rahtz - 2013-04-12

    we have rephrased this to replace "degree of prescription" with "approach", to be more neutral, and cover both prescription and description.


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