The place keyword and text positioning

note rendition superscript subscript
place note add addSpan top bottom left right

Use of the place keyword to encode the vertical and horizontal position of elements whose position on the page is unconstrained

The TEI provides a place attribute on the note, add, and addSpan elements which can be used to indicate their location on the page. If you are doing a detailed encoding of the renditional information for your documents, it may make more sense to encode information about placement as part of the rend attribute, so that all of the renditional information is captured in a single place. The rendition ladder system includes a place keyword that serves this function.

The place keyword indicates the vertical and horizontal position of elements which can occur anywhere on the page, and whose vertical position is not determined by their location within the encoded stream of text. This distinguishes it from the align keyword, which is used to indicate the horizontal position of elements which can only slide horizontally, and whose vertical position is indicated by where they are encoded. We discuss here its use for note, add, and addSpan, because these are the most typical elements that behave in this way, but it can be used on any element whose position on the page is not directly within the flow of text and hence must be described in more detail.

Suggested values for the place keyword:

The top and bottom values are useful if the addition is marked with some sort of anchor within the text, rather than being completely separate from the text flow.