(ab) use of the <correction> element?

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(ab) use of the <correction> element?

Martin Mueller

Would it be a suitable use of the <correction> element to list known textual defects that are waiting to be fixed by somebody?


The question arises in the context of the TCP texts where incompletely transcribed words or passages are marked as such. In the version of the texts we are exposing to potential curators, each word is wrapped in  a <w> element with an ID that points to its location on the EEBO images,  and a list of them on a particular page looks like this:


<list xml:id="A00011-003-b-d">
          <head>known defects on page A00011-003-b</head>
          <item xml:id="A00011-012510-d" corresp="A00011-012510">incomplete or missing word on page 3-b, word 1251: ●ulgarly</item>
          <item xml:id="A00011-012780-d" corresp="A00011-012780">incomplete or missing word on page 3-b, word 1278: Ro●all</item>
          <item xml:id="A00011-013400-d" corresp="A00011-013400">incomplete or missing word on page 3-b, word 1340: Letter●</item>
          <item xml:id="A00011-014290-d" corresp="A00011-014290">incomplete or missing word on page 3-b, word 1429: Decr●es</item>
          <item xml:id="A00011-015410-d" corresp="A00011-015410">incomplete or missing word on page 3-b, word 1541: w●om</item>
          <item xml:id="A00011-015800-d" corresp="A00011-015800">incomplete or missing word on page 3-b, word 1580: ignoran●</item>


The point of this is to give potential curators an overview of the task ahead of them. It’s part of a strategy of “directing the crowd’, as a computer science colleague of mine has put it.   My first thought has been to  put these lists at the back in a special div, but they could just as easily and perhaps more appropriately put in the header  as things waiting to be fixed. Once a lacuna has been fixed, it would certainly be something properly noted in the <correction> element.


In a more elegant implementation one would put the defective word in the middle of a KWIC display. For a nontrivial percentage  of such lacunae, the immediate context of a line would be sufficient to suggest the obvious answer.