Features omitted from transcription

omission untranscribed features bookplate annotation call number insect foxing marginalia
gap embossing handwriting

There are some features of the source text which for most practical purposes can be omitted from the transcription. Whether they are omitted silently (leaving no evidence of their existence) or whether there should be some indication of an omitted feature will depend on several factors:

For projects in which the transcription must serve in place of the source for all purposes—where the original is inaccessible and no image is available—the degree of detail in both transcription and documentation must naturally be much higher than in cases where the reader can readily see the page image.

We recommend omitting the following features from the transcription:

If you wish to mark these omissions, use the gap element. This element carries several attributes which can be used to describe the material being omitted and the reason for the omission. For more detail, see Gap: general notes.