Verse lines [073]


Encoding of verse lines and line breaks within verse lines


Verse lines are encoded using <l>.

Verse lines may often be split into multiple parts for various reasons: for instance where a verse line is shared between two speakers or two verse paragraphs, or where the line is interrupted by an intervening element, as in dramatic exchanges. Where verse lines are split, they are encoded using multiple <l> elements (with part= attributes) to create an aggregate element encoding the complete metrical line. This encoding differs from the encoding of simple line breaks within verse lines, in which a line break within a single metrical line is necessitated by limitations of space. Simple line breaks in verse are encoded with <lb/>. In this case, indentation or alignment for the second part of the line are recorded using the rend= attribute of <lb/>.

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