Type size and face

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Treatment of type size and type face, information the WWP does and does not record

Type size and type face are two features which may be very useful in specific circumstances (for instance, the history of the book) but for most text encoding projects are both difficult to ascertain and irrelevant for most research purposes. The type face, if known and of interest, could most usefully be encoded as metadata, either in the notesStmt in the TEI header, or more explicitly in the specialized elements provided in the manuscript description (only available in P5). The type size (again, if ascertainable) could be encoded using the rend attribute, with the size keyword and a number in a specified unit.

We do not recommend recording either the type face or the type size. Because digital projects must so often transcribe from reproductions such as microfilm or photocopies, ascertaining absolute type size may be very difficult, since the image used may have been scaled up or down during some reproduction process. Relative type size is often useful as an indicator of a boundary between two text segments (for instance, a heading and a subheading); if designations of relative size are considered useful for your project, they may be encoded on the rend attribute using the size keyword and a set of general values that convey the gradations you choose to represent.