Encoding information about the physical document: overview

catchword damage page break forme work milestone rendition line number signatures (in text collation)
rendition milestone fw mw rend gap damage sic

Although the preponderance of emphasis in the TEI encoding language is on linguistic and textual structures, the physical details of the document are also significant for many projects, and the TEI provides a number of elements for representing them. In this category we include basic information about page breaks, column breaks, and line breaks, details of the forme work such as catchwords, running heads, page numbers, press figures, and signatures (through which the physical construction of the book can be inferred). If the document is damaged, the damage and gap elements may be used to describe the nature of the damage and the extent of the lost or illegible material.

For a very detailed analytic description of the physical makeup of the text (particularly for manuscripts) the P5 version of the TEI provides a manuscript description in the TEI header; this goes beyond the scope of this Guide but more detail can be found in Chapter 9 of the TEI Guidelines.