Notes: resp and type

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Use of the resp and type attributes on note to capture the authorship of the note

It may be useful to classify notes in various ways. The TEI suggests using the type attribute to indicate the kind of note, using terms like annotation, gloss, citation, digression, preliminary, temporary. The type attribute is not intended to be used to distinguish between marginal, foot, and endnotes. The TEI provides the place attribute to indicate the location of the note, and this information may also be represented using the rend attribute, if you are doing a detailed encoding of rendition. For more information about encoding this information using rend, see the entry on the place keyword. Specific projects should define typologies that match the kinds of notes they deal with, and should formalize the typology in their TEI customization with a controlled vocabulary for the values of the type attribute. The classification the WWP has found useful simply distinguishes between authorial and editorial notes, since finer distinctions are difficult to make consistently across a chronologically diverse collection. The goal of this distinction is chiefly to allow us to discriminate between the words of the author and those of others (for search purposes). It may also be useful to distinguish between contemporary editorial notes that are part of the source text, and modern editorial notes supplied by the digital project. The latter would most naturally be encoded within the notesStmt in the TEI header, since they are in a sense part of the document’s metadata. For more information, see the entry on the notesStmt.

The resp attribute allows one to indicate the author of the note more precisely, for instance to distinguish between multiple editors or multiple authors. The value of the resp attribute would be an identifier associated with the person in question, which might point to a list of people stored outside the text (for instance, a database of names or of project participants) or might point to documentation of the name in the TEI header. If the note is authorial, there is no need to fill in a value; by default the note is assumed to be by the author. For notes whose authorship is uncertain, the resp attribute could be omitted, or a generic value could be used to designate unknown annotators.