<ab>

The <ab>, or "anonymous block" tag is used "to mark any component-level elements in a text for which no other more specific appropriate markup is defined" (quote from TEI website). As the CCL uses it, <ab> can take one of two attributes: @type="rubric" or @type="finalRubric".

<ab type="rubric"> is used to represent the description of the text provided by the medieval scribe, e.g. "Incipiunt Canones Apostolorum". <ab type="rubric"> is to be distinguished from <div type="rubric">! <ab type="rubric"> is a paleographic description (although it applies even if the scribe has not used red ink or a distinctive script), whereas <div type="rubric"> refers to the textual element that describes the content of an individual canon.

<ab type="finalRubric"> is used for textual closures indicated by the medieval scribe, e.g., "Expliciunt Canones Apostolorum". Explicits at the end of the collections should be marked using <ab type="finalRubric">. They are at the same level of <ab type="rubric"> and will come just before the close of the <body> of the parent <text type="collection">. They do not take a <p> tag.

  • <text>
    • <group>
      • <text type="collection" n="1">
        • <body>
          • <text type="book">
            • <!-- encode canons from Book 1 here -->
            • <ab type="finalRubric">Explicit Liber primus</ab>
        • </body>
      • </text>
      • <text type="collection" n="2">
        • <body>
          • <text type="book">
            • <!-- encode canons from Book 2 here -->
            • <ab type="finalRubric">Explicit Liber Secundus</ab>
        • </body>
      • </text>
    • </group>
  • </text>