<msContents> is used to describe or catalogue the contents of a manuscript, usually using modern titles for the texts. <msContents> can include the tags <locus>, <title>, <incipit>, <explicit>, <finalRubric> <colophon>, <author>, and others. Some examples are provided here. Any number of <msItem> tags (with @n="#") can be included under <msContents>; thus multiple individual collections within the same codex can be accommodated with this markup. An <msItem> may also be nested within an <msItem>, should one wish to describe with precision, say, where each council/book/part/title begins and ends within a collection.

In the <msContents> section:

<msItem> specifies a specific textual component in the manuscript by opening a descriptive sequence of tags such as locus, title, or author. When an entire or significant portion of a manuscript is transcribed, the component described within <msItem> will correspond to the text transcribed within the sequence <text> <group> <text type="" n="">. The n-values in <msItem> and <text type="" n=""> should match.

<locus> indicates the starting and ending folia occupied by the specific text.

<title> indicates the title of the portion of the transcription that should display in the search results, such as the name of the council, or the book or part of the collection transcribed.

  • <msItem n="1">
    • <locus>ff. 142v-149v</locus>
    • <title>Canones apostolorum</title>
  • </msItem>