#503 remedy the prose-structure-antagonism within the content model of person


The current content model of <person> allows for structured content (persName, birth, sex, etc.) or prose (p, ab), thus prohibits the addition of some essay-like prose to (normalized) structural data. This issue has been around for some time (see "Prosopography" Wiki page) and was currently discussed on TEI-L

I have no final solution to this issue but I think it would make sense to discuss this in the context of rationalizing the content models of the fellow elements place/org/event/object(?).


  • Paul Schaffner

    Paul Schaffner - 2014-07-01

    Council: the 'hack' of using note within person to wrap the p or ab elements (or indeed further structure via floatingText) is legitimate. But it depends on a fairly elastic notion of 'note' (partially ameliorated by the availability of @type on note). The essence of the request is to do away with the forced alternation (either structure or p/ab) and allow them to freely intermix. This proposal lost a close vote. Some preferred to segregate the p's, or to wrap them in another element (summary?). Failing these suggestions, the status quo holds.

  • Syd Bauman

    Syd Bauman - 2014-07-01

    On a 4 to 7 vote, Council voted to leave the status quo: no <p> (or <ab>) inside <person> (or <org> or <place>). At least not until we consider the content models of all those elements.

  • Syd Bauman

    Syd Bauman - 2014-07-01
    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix

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