I'm fairly new to the usage of TEI and I have started to transcribe text
from the international law. The Text I'm working with includes term
definitions and I would like to like each usage of a defined term to
Unfortunately, I understood the gloss term construct to be a gloss
element pointing to a term in the guidelines. This makes not a lot of
sense from my use case, since I would like to point the other way
around. From the many usages of a term to its one defined meaning.
A second connected question is if I have the definition of a term in a
different document how to create the connection in the @target or @ref
attributes. Any suggestion of advice is really appreciated.
A nice weekend to all of you
Sample of my annotated text see below:
<article xml:id="1_1" number="1">
<title xml:id="1_1_title">Article 1</title>
<header xml:id="1_1_header">Use of terms and scope</header>
<paragraph xml:id="1_1_1" number="1" label="1">For the
purposes of this Convention:
<subparagraph xml:id="1_1_1_1" number="1"
label="(1)">"<term xml:id="area_1_1_1_1" ref="#gloss_area">Area</term>"
means <gloss xml:id="gloss_area">the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil
thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction;</gloss></subparagraph>
<subparagraph xml:id="1_1_1_2" number="2"
ref="#gloss_authority">Authority</term>" means <gloss
xml_id="gloss_authority">the International Seabed
<subparagraph xml:id="1_1_1_3" number="3"
ref="#gloss_activities_in_area">activities in the <term
xml:id="area_1_1_1_3" ref="#gloss_area">Area</term></term>" means <gloss
xml_id="gloss_activities_in_area">all activities of exploration for, and
exploitation of, the resources of the Area</gloss>;</subparagraph>
<subparagraph xml:id="1_1_1_4" number="4"
ref="#gloss_pollution_marine_environment">pollution of the marine
environment</term>" means <gloss
xml:id="gloss_pollution_marine_environment">the introduction by man,
directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the marine
environment, including estuaries, which results or is likely to result
in such deleterious effects as harm to living resources and marine life,
hazards to human health, hindrance to marine activities, including
fishing and other legitimate uses of the sea, impairment of quality for
use of sea water and reduction of amenities</gloss>;</subparagraph>
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> I'm fairly new to the usage of TEI and I have started to transcribe text
> from the international law. The Text I'm working with includes term
> definitions and I would like to like each usage of a defined term to
> its definition.
Your annotated text does not look like a (simple standard) TEI document.
Do you really need so many custom elements like "article", "header",
The TEI guidelines contain an example that seems to fit to your needs:
| We may define <term xml:id="tdpv" rend="sc">discoursal point of
| view</term> as <gloss target="#tdpv">the relationship, expressed
| through discourse structure, between the implied author or some other
| addresser, and the fiction.</gloss>
> A second connected question is if I have the definition of a term in a
> different document how to create the connection in the @target or @ref
The target attribute contains an anyURI values. Therefore, you can link
to any document not only to a position within the current element.
Dr. Jesper Zedlitz
Inst. f. Informatik, CAU Kiel
+49 431 880 7517
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