Encoding prose: overview

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The basic units of a prose document, from the viewpoint of TEI encoding, are the set of elements in which ordinary prose is captured: paragraphs, lists, quotations, headings, dialogue. In documents that have multiple sections (such as chapters, sets of letters or essays, or generic prose sections and subsections), these basic components are grouped together and the sections marked with the div element as described in the section on subdividing the text. In addition to these basic elements, the TEI also provides the apparatus associated with letters and other dated material (such as diaries and travel logs). These basic components for encoding prose are also quite often the essential building blocks for encoding texts in other genres as well.

For details on encoding the various components of prose texts, the following entries are relevant:


Example: Basic prose encoding

<div type="chapter"> 
  <head>Chapter 1: The Manor House</head> 
    <quote lang="it"><l>Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'intrate...</l></quote> 
      <author>Dante Alighieri</author> 
  <p><name type="person">Charles</name> hadn't visited the manor 
    house since <date value="1955-04-10">Easter, 1955</date>, 
    and now he remembered why.</p> 
  <p><q>Hullo</q>, he called out as he walked up the drive, and 
    then broke off suddenly as his progress was interrupted by a peacock. 
    <q lang="fr">Sacré bleu!</q> he 
    exclaimed with irritation. It was going to be a long week.</p>