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5.3. Advanced Coding Topics

5.3.1. Headers (Declarations)
5.3.2. Manuscript Information
5.3.3. Transcription Information

5.3.1. Headers (Declarations)

i. Copy (or retain) the header and declarations. This is part of the "XML Wrapper."

xml declarations

ii. Edit the "Programmer's Notes" comment as appropriate.

programmer's notes

iii. After the end of the ROOT ELEMENT (the item which defines the grammar of this XML dialect), identify your transcription as of the "western" liturgical traditions (Frankish-Roman/Gregorian, Gallican, Ambrosian, etc.) .

of the western liturgical traditions
Click here to see the "headers" section of a sample transcription.

5.3.2. Manuscript Information

  1. Begin the description of the manuscript portion of the code with the beginning tag: <description_part>.
  2. Begin the identification of the chant with the beginning tag <source_identity>, and add this XML line: <accession_x xsi:type="accession_Type">.
  3. Fill in the information for <incipit content="[Enter the first few words of the chant here. Use the spellings of the source but expand abbreviations to their usual forms.]"/>.
  4. Fill in the information for <siglum content="[Enter the RISM siglum of the manuscript (library code and shelf-mark).]"/>.
  5. Fill in the information for <location content="[Enter the folio number + side (recto or verso) or the page number, as well as the line number of this chant. Use the following format (i.e., spacing as shown with no punctuation): f 11v line 6).]"/>.
  6. Identify the rite (i.e., liturgical tradition) of the manuscript within the tag: <rite group="[Enter the 'xsd:enumeration value' as listed in "NeumesXML_west.xsd".]"/>.
  7. Identify the liturgical occasion within the tag: <occasion celebration="[Enter the liturgical occasion or "feast" in a style and spelling similar to that used in Corpus Antiphonalium Officii (hence CAO; Dom René-Jean Hesbert. Corpus Antiphonalium Officii. 6 vols. Rome: Herder, 1963-79), or as on the CANTUS website (http://publish.uwo.ca/~cantus/feasts.html).]"/>.
  8. Declare the service type: <service group="[Enter the 'xsd:enumeration value' as listed in NeumesXML_west.xsd.]"/>
  9. Identify the genre of the chant: <genre_x group="[Find the 'xsd:attribute name ... fixed' or the 'xsd:enumeration value' in NeumesXML_west.xsd.]"/>. Click here for antiphons. Click here for responsories. Click here for other genres.
    Add the following if applicable:
    • n="[Enter the number of this chant if in a series of the same genre.]"
    • subgroup="[if applicable]"
    • xsi:type="[Enter the 'xsd:complexType name =" "' as listed in NeumesXML_west.xsd.]"
  10. Enter the four-digit reference number (plus suffix, if applicable) for this chant if it is included CAO. Use the tag <cao content="[number]"/>.
    If included in CAO, enter the CAO concordance letter(s) for this chant with the tag: <concordance content="[CGBEMVHRDFSL]"/>.
  11. Finish the manuscript information portion of the code with the following closing tags: </accession_x> and </source_identity>.
  12. Enter the language of the text as per NeumesXML_lang.xsd. Example: <language_x content="Latin" language_code="la" xsi:type="Latin_language_Type"/>.
  13. Identify the geographical region of affiliation of the notation. Note: If such a distinction is unsuitable for the manuscript in which your chant to be transcribed is contained, contact NEUMES for further instructions on how to classify the notational type. The tag is: <notation_x family="[Find the 'fixed' family attribute name as listed in NeumesXML_west.xsd.]"/> Click here and here for the family names.
    • species="[Use of this qualifier is optional; find the 'xsd:enumeration value' as listed in NeumesXML_west.xsd.]"
    • xsi:type="[Enter the 'xsd:complexType name' as listed in NeumesXML_west.xsd.]"
  14. Internet links are included here. First, enter the link for the image of the original chant with the tag: <content_link content="Source image [size ###kB]" link="http://www.scribeserver.com/NEUMES/mss/[path and filename + .jpg (plus image size) to be entered when the source image is posted]"/>.
    Then, enter the link for the full page view of the original chant with the link: <content_link content="Context image [size ###kB]" link="http://www.scribeserver.com/NEUMES/mss/[path and filename + .jpg (plus image size) to be entered when the source image is posted]"/>.
    If there is a matching record in the CANTUS database, enter the record ID number with this tag: <content_link content="CANTUS record" link="http://bach.music.uwo.ca/cantus/search.asp?submitType=details&amp;cantusID=######"/>
  15. An optional entry is for a reference to this chant in a modern printed volume, such as the Liber Usualis. Use the following tag: <bibliographic_reference description="Cf., [list Liber Usualis edition and page number if applicable, or other resource]."/>
  16. End the description portion of the code with this closing tag: </description_part>
Click here to see the "Manuscript Information" section of a sample transcription.

5.3.3. Transcription Information

Click here to see the "Transcription Information" section of a sample transcription.

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