#138 Permit titlepage elements within msItem and msContents

Lou Burnard

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 permit the elements docAuthor, docDate, docImprint, and docTitle (currently permitted only within a titlePage) within
msItem and msContents.

See further discussion on TEI Council list 2008-08-05 et seq.


  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2008-08-17
    • milestone: --> GREEN
  • James Cummings

    James Cummings - 2008-08-18
    • priority: 5 --> 8
  • Dot Porter

    Dot Porter - 2008-08-21

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    This seems to be a very logical short-term recommendation for making the ms* family of tags more friendly for describing early printed books. In the medium- and long-term the entire system needs to be looked at carefully, not only for describing printed books but for other inscribed materials as well. Allowing docAuthor, docDate, docImprint, and docTitle within msItem and msContents will be very helpful for print bibliographers while not causing any incompatibility with current recommendations.

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2008-09-03

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    Made model.msItemPart a subclass of model.titlepagePart at rev 4749. Note that this means some possibly undesirables also appear in msItem e.g. images etc. But easier than defining a new class.

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2008-09-03
    • status: open --> closed

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