Headnotes and Annotations

We implement a high-level note for each document using the description field of the Dublin Core metadata.

In the editions themselves, we add include several types of annotations. Additions made by Muse, or which are otherwise part of the original documents, are encoded as <note type="authorial">. In order to clarify the relationship of these notes to text itself, we preface them with the label Authorial addition. To the extent possible, we locate these in the flow of the XML file where they appear on the written page, but in the reading view at times relocate them closer to the text to which they refer (see, for example, the note about Thomas Fortune's birth date and city in Thomas Fortune and James Weldon Johnson). These authorial annotations display at all times in all views, as they are part of the text itself.

Annotations that we have added in order to aid the reading in understanding the documents are encoded as <note type="contextual">. We use values for subtype of "geographical," "historical," "biographical," "lexical," "genetic," and "general" to further categorize these notes. While the first four are perhaps self-explanatory, the last two merit clarification: "genetic" is used for notes that address the relationships between the documents in the collection or examine their connections to external writings or publications, and "general" is used for interpretive notes that do not fit within any of the other categories. We have endeavored to annotate in a fashion that notes address only one of these categories at a time, but when an annotation necessarily touches on more than one, we use the subtype that we believe should be given priority. The contextual notes are visible only in the Reading Version.

When a given term needs to be annotated in more than one document, we include that note on our page of common annotations. We then include links to the annotation within notes in the various documents in question.

We use <note type="transcription"> to explain matters pertinent to the translation of the text from the document page to the transcription. These are available only in the Transcription view