Layout Description

<layoutDesc> contains the description of how the text is laid out on the page.

Each layout information is given in a <layout> element therein.

For example for measurement a series of specific purpose attributes and elements can be used:

<layout columns="1" writtenLines="18"> <dimensions unit="mm" rend="pricked ruled"> <height>245</height> <width>210</width> <dim type="intercolumn">15</dim> </dimensions> <dimensions type="margin"> <dim type="top">35</dim> <dim type="bottom">65</dim> <dim type="right">40</dim> <dim type="left">15</dim> </dimensions> </layout>

If the layout measurement refer to a specific part of the manuscript a <locus> element can be used within <layout> to provide the range or a @corresp with the ID of the <msPart>, <msItem> or quire in the collation, whichever might be relevant.

<layout corresp="#p.1.1_i1" columns="1" writtenLines="18"> … </layout>


<layout columns="1" writtenLines="18"> <locus from="1r" to="20v"></locus> … </layout>

The leaf from which the measurements have been taken can be indicated in a <note> inside <layout>:

<layout columns="2" writtenLines="26"> <locus from="119ra" to="132ra"></locus> <note corresp="#textarea #margin">Data on text area and margin dimensions taken from <locus target="#119r"></locus>.</note> <dimensions unit="mm" xml:id="textarea"> <height>145</height> <width>100</width> </dimensions> <dimensions type="margin" unit="mm" xml:id="margin"> <dim type="top">15</dim> <dim type="bottom">30</dim> <dim type="right">20</dim> <dim type="left">5</dim> <dim type="intercolumn">10</dim> </dimensions> </layout>
  • @columns contains the number of columns on a page. One column should be encoded as <layout columns='1'>, when no information is available, this element should not be added.

  • @writtenLines contains the number of lines on a page.

The first <dimensions> contains the information about the text area. A @rend can be used to list separated by spaces other visible characteristics.

The second <dimension type=‘margin’> contains the measures of the margins.

Within a <layout> you can also encode information on ruling and pricking using <ab> as in the following examples, where the given formula follows the pattern described by D.Muzerelle in this wonderfully clear and complete presentation:

<ab type="ruling" subtype="pattern">Ruling pattern: 1A-1A/0-0/0-0/A.</ab> <ab type="pricking" subtype="pattern">Primary pricks are partly visible (s., e.g., fol. 37v).</ab> <layout> <ab type="ruling">A misṭāra was used for ruling.</ab> </layout>

<ab> can contain <locus> if you need to state precisely where an event occours.

<ab type="punctuation" subtype="dividers"> <list> <item xml:id="div1" corresp="#p.1">Colon</item> <item xml:id="div2" corresp="#p.2"> Five red and black dot vertical colon. <locus from="30v" n="3"></locus> <locus from="30v" n="11"></locus> <locus from="31r" n="14"></locus> <locus from="31v" n="10"></locus> </item> </list> </ab>

TEI guidelines element layoutDesc

This element is mentioned in the following pages

Revisions of this page

  • Pietro Maria Liuzzo on 2018-04-24: stub of page
  • Pietro Maria Liuzzo on 2018-07-20: splitted from Object Description