Essays

essay div

Identification and encoding of essays

We recommend encoding short prose works identified by the text as essays using div type="essay". However, short prose pieces appearing in the front matter are encoded with div type="prefatory"; this value overrides the value essay in the same way it overrides the value letter.

Works of poetry which are called essays are tagged as div type="poem".

In most cases, when prose essays are printed as a collection, they function as part of the collection and we recommend treating them as subdivisions and encoding them with div. However, in rare cases where each essay is presented with its own front and back matter, it may be better to treat the collection as a group and each essay as a text, with its own front, body, and back.