[MEI-L] Semantically unspecific text (sub)divisions

Raffaele Viglianti raffaeleviglianti at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 16:22:59 CEST 2015

Hi Thomas,

On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 5:37 AM, Thomas Weber <tw at notabit.eu> wrote:

> Unless I'm missing something, would it be sensible to take the mentioned
> TEI elements as a model for MEI?  To the TEI experts - what exactly is the
> difference between <ab> and <seg>?  It seems to me <ab> is more like an
> HTML <div> (a "block" - is that what TEI calls a "chunk"?), while <seg> is
> more like an HTML <span> ("inline" in HTML terms).
That's my understanding too. They belong to two different levels and class

I am wary of adding more semantic text encoding to MEI. My rule of thumb is
that if I'm finding it difficult to encode text with MEI, it's time to
switch to TEI. ODD makes it possible to mix the two at a fairly granular
level (though admittedly using both standard at once does add substantial
overhead to your ODD workflow).


> Specifically I was looking into how to sensibly encode rubrics in neumatic
> notation, wondering whether I should use something like
> <div type="rubric">
>     <p>some rubric text</p>
> </div>
> but I don't think describing rubrics as paragraphs is semantically
> appropriate.  <head> could be considered appropriate in some cases, but
> it's not allowed as the only element inside a <div>.  I'll probably
> circumvent that problem by adding a NeumesXML-like <rubric> element[2] in
> our customization, but I feel the general problem that standard MEI might
> currently force one to classify text in potentially inappropriate ways
> remains.
> One option could also be to allow text immediately inside <div> without
> having to wrap it into a more semantically specific element, but enforcing
> more semantical markup is of course not a bad idea, provided semantically
> appropriate choices are made available, including a fallback to more
> generic markup.
> [1] http://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/en/html/SA.html#SASE
> [2]
> http://www.scribeserver.com/NEUMES/neumesxml_tree/tree_detail_west/rubric.htm
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