#99 <textLang> description

GREEN
closed
nobody
None
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2009-10-17
2009-06-28
Syd Bauman
No

In 2789816 Kevin Hawkins claims that the <desc> of tagdoc for <textLang> is confusing. I agree, and do not understand why the tracker artifact was closed without addressing the problem. (Yes, Kevin's suggested wording isn't right, but that doesn't mean his complaint is invalid.)

My suggestion would be something like:

describes, in a manuscript description, the languages and
writing systems used by the manuscript being described (as
opposed to the languages and writing systems of the
description itself, which are indicated by the
<att>xml:lang</att> attributes of the description).

Discussion

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-08-01
    • milestone: --> GREEN
     
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-08-01

    While definitely an improvement, this rewording doesn't really address the confusion about the overlapping roles of <textLang> and <langUsage> though. < langUsage >relates to the language used in the current document. If that document contains a <msDesc>, its languages are documented therein; <textLang> describes the langs used by the ms described, whether or not that text forms a part of the document. But if the document contains a transcription as well, then the languages used will be (potentially) documented both in the <textLang> and the <langUsage>.

     
  • Peter Boot

    Peter Boot - 2009-10-13

    Why not:

    (as opposed to the languages and writing systems of the electronic document itself, which are indicated by the <att>xml:lang</att> attributes of the description and/or the langusage element in the profile description).

    Perhaps a note is a beter place for this information.

     
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-10-17

    Rather than trying to squeeze all this into the <desc>, I have moved the clarification to the <remarks>, as Peter suggests
    Desc now reads "in a manuscript description, describes
    the languages and writing systems identified within the manuscript
    being described."
    Remarks now reads "Note that this element should not be used to document the
    languages or writing systems used for the description itself: as for
    all other TEI elements, such information should be provided by means of the
    global <att>xml:lang</att> attribute attached to the element
    containing the description. The same values should be used to identify
    languages and writing systems in all cases, and the codes used may be
    documented further in the <gi>language</gi> element."
    updated at rev 6856

     
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-10-17
    • status: open --> closed
     

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