#124 @role to be returned to att.naming


In the war on text-bearing attributes @role was removed from class att.naming. But it has been argued that it is necessary to use it when (perhaps in manuscript descriptions) talking about the role a name is playing when not significant enough to be linked to a person record or where disambiguation concerning role is needed in a list of names.

It is re-proposed the @role should be re-added to att.naming as a 1-infinity data.word datatypes.



  • James Cummings

    James Cummings - 2008-08-18
    • priority: 5 --> 7
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2008-09-06
    • milestone: --> 871207
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2008-09-06

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    By "the role a name is playing" I assume you mean "the role the person named has" and I also assume the object is to be able to broadly categorise the persons named in a document e.g. as author, scribe, bookseller, etc. without needing to actually define them as <person>s. But why is the @key attribute not usable for this purpose?

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-01-14
    • milestone: 871207 --> AMBER
  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-01-14

    Discussion on Council on 14 Jan 09 suggests that a differently-named attribute such as "capacity" or "function" would be preferable, to avoid ambiguity.

  • Peter Boot

    Peter Boot - 2009-03-17

    I suggested @refRole (= role of referred object), which I like because it is more specific than @capacity or @function.

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-03-22

    Council did not reach a consensus on this proposal when it was voted on in March 2009: 3 in favour, 2 against, 3 unsure. More discussion needed.

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-04-02

    Council agreed that @role is the right name for attribute, adding it to \att.naming
    Noting that att.naming needs reorganization

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-10-12

    This got overlooked somehow! Now implemented at rev 6833

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-10-12
    • status: open --> closed

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