4. Rubrics and Titles

When the manuscript has rubrication or a display script, we suggest the use of upper-case letters. These may sometimes continue for a few letters or words in the main text, if that is what the medieval scribe or rubricator used. When rubrics or titles are in the same script as the texts of the full canons, we suggest the use of lower case letters. When underlining in any colour, or a wash of light ink, signals a rubric, we suggest the use of upper-case letters to convey the scribal intent.

In some instances a transcriber will be recording what seems visually to be a rubric, but is actually a gloss, or vice versa. We suggest that the transcriber describe the situation in the Codicological Questionnaire, along with the protocols used to represent such a difficult situation. The fundamental principle is that information that seems original to the design of the codex is a rubric, and material added to the design, whether by the original scribe or a later one, is gloss. There will, of course, be scholarly analyses that will clarify likely interpolations or alterations, but these do not belong in the plain transcription, in general.

The CCL programming may convert all rubrics (or cited sources, or other elements) into a distinctive typeface, but we can preserve the distinction in the transcription, and will have unformatted transcriptions available for clarification of the paleographical details.