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Comment #00731 - Presentation (and indenting) of verse lines inside verse-groups - z39_96-2015.pdf (revision #1)

Comment 731
Addressed (Unresolved)
ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, version 1.1 (Revision 1)
Comment Submitted by
Wendell Piez
2017-01-04 08:34:11

Until recently this was an edge case, but I am now facing this requirement for real so bear with me.

Use case: formatting poetry, as in http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/lyrical-ballads-1798-edition - as you can see very classical stuff (Wordsworth and Coleridge). Skip into Rime of the Ancient Mariner and see how second and fourth lines of each stanza are indented (so XXXX is whitespace):

He holds him with his skinny hand,

XXXX"There was a ship," quoth he.

`Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!'

XXXXEftsoons his hand dropped he.

In JATS, how do we distinguish that lines 2 and 4 are intended? (BTW I point to a page image here since most Internet transcriptions get this wrong.)

Currently in JATS/BITS, we have only attributes 'content-type' or 'specific-use' available to indicate special features on the line relative to its neighbors (inside a verse-group).

When the verse form is very regular as in this case I can imagine content-type="ballad" (or something) on the verse-group which would permit me to drive the indents on even-numbered lines inside.

But there is also poetry (such as Pindaric Odes e.g. Wordsworth's Intimations of Immortality) in which the indents are irregular, and @content-type to say how far to indent a line, seems just wrong.


Submitter Proposed Solution

I can think of two obvious solutions: @style / @style-type (on either/both verse-group and verse-line), or an @indent or @indent-level flag specifically for verse lines. (Or both!) There are other possibilities as well.

Thanks for your consideration! Fortunately adding an attribute or two would be clean extensions.

Ms. B. Tommie Usdin
2017-08-31 08:26:39

We will add both an @indent-level and an @style attribute to <verse-line>.