Dates, errors in [215]

Abstract

Encoding errors in dates

Discussion

In cases where dates contain typographical errors, the WWP’s policy is as follows:

1. The value of the value= attribute on <date> or <docDate> will be the value of what is printed on the page, not the corrected value. Note that it’s important to distinguish between typographical errors and discrepancies resulting from old-style dating (see 138).

2. Within <date> or <docDate> we use <sic> with a corr= value to correct the typographical error. If the date is printed in roman numerals, then the corr= value should also be roman numerals.

It is important to distinguish a typographical error in a date from a date which is simply wrong, or which is expressed in a different calendar system (e.g. old-style dates, in which the new year started in March, leading to potential confusion for modern readers). A document may record an incorrect date through the ignorance or intention of the author, and in these cases, we do not correct the date using the corr= attribute. If there seems to be a real risk that the reader might suspect an error on the WWP’s part, we will use <sic> to confirm that the anomaly lies with the original.

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