Section 6.3.4 of TEI P4 introduces three elements which
don't seem to have much in common, except that they
are often typographically distinguished in running text.
They are <term>, <gloss>, and <mentioned>.
Leaving aside the last of these, which I think really
ought to be discussed along with its oft-confused friend
<soCalled>, I would like to propose (for P5) a more
rational way of grouping together <term> and <gloss>
and a small number of other similar phrase level
elements. My proposal is to establish a new club for
them and a few select others, tentatively called the
tei.glossy class. The core module would populate this
class with <term>, <gloss> and the following other
<desc> -- currently defined in both the new "gaiji"
module which replaces the old WSD, and the new tagdoc
module which replaces the old TSD
<equiv> and <altIdent> -- also defined in the new
<trans> -- defined in the dictionary module
Making these elements all available in the core would
(a) make life a lot easier when trying to build schemas --
you wouldn't have to load the dictionary module just to
record that a phrase is a translation rather than original
(b) reduce the clutter of near synonyms in the
Guidelines -- you wouldn't be tempted to make up your
own "translated" element
Putting them into a class would
(a) make clearer the conceptual structure of the
(b) enable you to add your own near synonym if you
really want to!
As this is a proposal for P5, I'm posting this as a source-
forge feature request as well as to TEI-L. Feel free to
send your comments to whichever forum you feel more