8. Glosses and Additional Material

We believe that important, often hitherto unreported evidence is found in the glosses, marginal notes, and interlinear additions in Carolingian Canon Law manuscripts, and we strongly urge that these be included in transcriptions. If it is not possible for the transcriber to include them, we ask that there at least be a report of their existence.

Glosses and marginalia should be transcribed with some indication of their placement in the manuscript. In addition to telling us whether they are in the right, left, top, or bottom margin, we would like some indication of the portion of the text with which they are associated. Our display will not be precise in terms of composition of the page, but we can link lemmata and glosses visually (a lemma and appropriate gloss will be highlighted when the mouse moves over the word(s), so it is helpful to have whatever information the transcriber can provide. Please recognise that not all programmers and encoders are scholars of medieval canon law, and sometimes marking physical relations between text and gloss, when there has not been scholarly investigation to determine the conceptual relationship, is the most helpful method of supporting CCL display of data.

We also have basic encoding for the date of the glosses: "main hand"; "seemingly Carolingian"; "later annotation". We ask that transcribers supply this information as the first element in the record of the gloss. We are working on the question of how we shall differentiate the layers of annotation in our displays, but at least the information will be embedded in the transcription, and can be recovered by users.

Please transcribe glosses and marginalia and such additional material within parentheses: ( ), and if possible, indicate the lemma or associated area of text by placing it within two @ symbols. If it is necessary to number glosses and/or lemmata to make their relationships clear, please use #1, #2, etc. within the @...@ text, and #-1, #-2, etc. within the parentheses.