#189 Rename cb/lb/pb


During a TEI Council list discussion, Gabriel Board (re)opened a conversation about whether it would make sense to use "line begin" rather than "line break" as the natural-language expansion of <lb/>. Such a change would need to affect <cb> and <pb> as well. This would have no affect on the content models of these elements; it would simply reinforce the usage recommended in the Guidelines that these elements mark the start of objects, rather than being terminating separators.

Such a change would require revision of the Guidelines and other TEI documents to reflect the name change, along with corresponding changes in translations.


  • Lou Burnard

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

    Lou Burnard - 2009-08-01

    The text of the guidelines is quite explicit on this point. It says that lb, cb, and pb all mark a boundary or break point. It also says (in almost the same wording in each case) "By convention, the break point is placed at the beginning of the whatever-it-is". I think it would be wrong to change the meanings of these tags -- where you put them is explicitly labelled as a convention, not as a part of their meaning.

  • David Sewell

    David Sewell - 2009-08-03

    Lou's comment makes sense to me.

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-10-01

    I'm closing this since there has been no further disagreement or comment.

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2009-10-01
    • status: open --> closed

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