Punctuation: general

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In general, punctuation may be transcribed as part of the text content, using standard keyboard characters. There are a few exceptions:

Some projects in which punctuation is very important (for instance, manuscript transcription projects working on texts in which punctuation plays a very significant role) find it useful to make fine-grained distinctions between different functions for individual punctuation marks: for instance, a period used to end a sentence, to mark an abbreviation, to delimit a reference, etc. If such discriminations are necessary, they can be accomplished by establishing a set of entity references that map to the different functions being represented. These entity references can then be resolved as appropriate in a given circumstances—either as an ordinary mark of punctuation, or as a special character that triggers a special behavior.

For ordinary transcription purposes, we do not recommend this level of detail.