6. Illegible Text

The CCL encoding uses "unclear" for illegible text, and does not offer explanation about the specific cause of the illegibility: tight binding, consumption by vermin, water damage, and possibly scraped letters are all treated equally. (But see below for text deleted by the scribe). Depending upon the degree to which the letters or words are illegible, the transcriber may either simply omit such illegible letters or words with the notation <unclear> <gap/> </unclear> (in which case the CCL display shows "[...]", with no indication of the number of letters likely affected, or may transcribe the letters but mark them as uncertain, in which case the CCL display indicates that the transcription is somewhat speculative at that point. This is the one instance in which transcribers use angle brackets, because <unclear> and </unclear> are the actual opening and closing markup for unclear text.