Introduction to the NTVMR
Proposal 1: Expand Data Structures for Non-textual Information
The physical description element <physDesc> is already defined by TEI-XML (but not used on the NTVMR) and provides a data structure for supplying codicological information. Specific elements that can be encoded include:
- the object description including support materials and description, collation (arrangement of leaves, bifolia, etc.), foliation (numeration), condition, and layout;
- the hand description including the writing style, script descriptions, decoration elements, musical notation, and additions (e.g. marginalia or other annotation);
- the binding description including binding information (type of covering, boards, etc.), seal descriptions, and accompanying material.
Predefined attributes permit low-level precision in describing these elements. For example, a <handNote> element might contain a script attribute (=“chancery”) and a medium attribute (=“ink-green”).