Dedications

dedication acknowledgment
ded dedication acknowledgment ack div

Encoding dedications using div type="dedication"; distinguishing between dedications and other prefatory material

The TEI provides the element div type="dedication" to encode formal dedications. Dedications should be distinguished from acknowledgements; the TEI usefully defines a dedication as a formal offering or dedication of a text to one or more persons or institutions by the author. Dedications may occur within the front matter, either as prose or poetry, or they may occur at the beginning of individual sections of the body (for instance, a dedicatory poem preceding a longer poem).

We recommend reserving div type="dedication" to encode things which are unambiguously dedications; if a section of the front matter is not clearly a dedication it should be encoded as div type="prefatory".