The internal structure of each
<witness> (testimony to which we will refer from the critical apparatus of our edition), must be carefully respected:
<witness xml:id="D"> <abbr type="siglum">D</abbr> codex Collegii S. Iohannis apud Cantabrigienses D 12 saec. X/XI </witness> <witness xml:id="Alton1923"> <abbr type="siglum">Alton 1923</abbr> <bibl> <author>Alton, E.H.</author> <date>1923</date> <title level="a">Notes on the <hi>Thebaid</hi> of Statius</title> <title level="j">CQ</title> <biblScope unit="vol">17</biblScope> <biblScope unit="pp">175-187</biblScope> </bibl> </witness
- They must always have as
@xml:idthe siglum that corresponds to it, if it is a manuscript, and the author's surname if it is an authority. The
@xml:idmust always be unique, they cannot be repeated in the same document. Each witness must have an exclusive abbreviation. It will be to these
@xml:idthat we will refer to from the entries of the critical apparatus.
- First it is inserted the tag
<abbr>, where the siglum or the author's surname will be placed exactly as we want it to appear visible in the published edition. This
<abbr>will always have the unique attribute
@type="siglum", to differentiate it from other types of abbreviations inserted in the commentary or in other parts of the edition.
- If the siglum that identifies the manuscript is a text for special formatting (contains superscript or subscript, or is written in a special type of alphabet, etc.), see the explanation in the chapter Sublists and manuscript variantsThe list of formats of a special nature that can be added within
<abbr>can be found in Formatos de carácter <hi>.
- In the node of the tag we place succinctly the name of the manuscript, its location and its dating, always in Latin, or the bibliographical reference of the work cited within a
<bibl>, with the structure described in Bibliographic References.
- If the witness is a modern work, it is always useful to add in the
<abbr>and in the
<witness>the year of publication after the author's last name, especially if several of their works are cited.