Title pages [153]


Encoding of title pages using <titleBlock>, including a description of possible values for type=, and the various parts of the title page and how to encode them


The WWP encodes title pages with the <titleBlock> element, which has the same content model as the TEI element <titlePage>, but can appear within <front> and <back>. <titleBlock> has the following type= attribute values: “titlePage”, “halfTitle”, “captionTitle”, and “colophon”. <titleBlock> may contain more or less than a full page, as appropriate. If title page information spans two or more pages, it should be encoded within a single <titleBlock> element, with <pb/> elements indicating the page breaks. If blank pages or other document parts intervene, however, it may also be encoded as multiple <titleBlock> elements.

Note that when transcribing the title page, differences in the size of different lines or words may be helpful in determining the boundaries between text elements, and deciding what structural markup best suits each piece of the title page. However, such size information is not actually recorded. Spacing between letters within words is regularized to zero (so that a title printed “A N A D D R E S S” would be transcribed simply

<titlePart rend="case(allcaps)">An Address</titlePart>

The following are the standard components of an ordinary title page; however, they may not all appear and they may appear in any order.

1. The document title

The title of the document should be encoded with <docTitle>, within which there must be at least one <titlePart>. If the title is divided into several sections, each one should be encoded within a separate <titlePart>. For more information, see “Titles”.

2. The document author and other forms of responsibility

Any statement made on the title page about any of the document’s creators or transmitters (except for the printer and publisher) should be encoded with <respLine>. Within <respline>, specific references to the author or other producer (editor, translator, etc.) of the document should be encoded with <docRole>. The personal name of such a participant, if it appears, should be encoded with <persName>, <orgName>, <name> (etc.) as appropriate. For more information, see “Respline, Byline, and Authorship”.

3. Epigraphs and other miscellaneous items

Quotations which appear on the title page should be encoded with <epigraph>. Representational images on the title page should be encoded with <figure>. Nonrepresentational images should be encoded with &ornament;. Information about the edition (e.g. “Second edition, with corrections”) should be encoded with <docEdition>.

4. The document imprint

The document imprint includes all information pertaining specifically to the printing and production of the text. This information is all enclosed within a <docImprint> element. Reference to the place of publication (i.e. the city) is encoded with <pubPlace>, with <placeName> nested inside as necessary to encode specific place names. We do not use <address> anywhere within the publication information. If the address of the publisher is given (i.e. a more specific location within the publication city) we encode it with <placeName>. The date of publication is encoded with <docDate>, with the ISO standard date in the value= attribute (see “Dates”). The printer, publisher, and bookseller are encoded with <docrole>, with a <persName> element nested inside. The price of the book, if it appears within the imprint, is encoded with <docSale>. (See below for more on <docSale>.)

5. The imprimatur

The imprimatur is a statement indicating that the book was legally licensed and given official permission to be printed. This statement comes in many forms; some of the most common are: Imprimatur, Cum privilegio, Licensed, With Permission. The imprimatur should be encoded with <imprimatur>.

6. The document price

If the price of the book is printed on the title page, it should be encoded with <docSale>. This element may occur directly on the title page, or within <docImprint> if the price information is embedded within the phrasing of the imprint. We do not use <docSale> for information about where the book is sold, unless this is integrated with the pricing information.

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