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Encoding forme work

On forme works


The TEI provides the <fw> element (which stands for "forme work") to encode "any of the unchanging portions of a page forme, such as: running heads, running footers, page numbers, catch-words, other material repeated from page to page, which falls outside the stream of the text" (P3, 18.3, 556). The WWP uses a modified version of this element, which we have renamed <mw> or "metawork". This new element covers a slightly larger set of phenomena, characterized by being part of the infrastructure of the printed page rather than part of the flow of the text itself. This includes all of the features listed in the quotation above but also line numbers, headings generated by page or column breaks, and potentially other textual features as well.

Currently, we do not record running headers and running footers. We do record page numbers, catchwords, press figures, and signatures. If you have not read it or if these terms are unfamiliar, read Philip Gaskell's A New Introduction to Bibliography, especially the first chapter (entitled "The Hand-printed Book").

An example

From Bold Stroke For a Husband by Hannah Cowley (pictured on the introductory page to this tutorial):

   <pb n="401">
   <milestone n="Ddr" unit="sig">
   <mw type="pageNum" rend="align(right)">123</mw>
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This document last updated Thursday, 22-May-2014 13:40:21 EDT