<gap> Indicates a point where material has been omitted in a transcription, whether as part of sampling practice or for editorial reasons described in the MEI header.
Module MEI.edittrans
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element gap

When material is omitted because it is illegible or inaudible, unclear should be used instead. Similarly, use damage if the omission is due to damage and del if the omission is because the material is marked as deleted, or otherwise indicated as superfluous or spurious in the copy text by an author, scribe, annotator, or corrector. An indication of how much material has been omitted from the transcription may be recorded in the extent attribute. The unit attribute names the unit used for describing the extent of the gap. The reason attribute gives the reason for omission. Sample values include 'sampling', 'irrelevant', 'cancelled'. The resp attribute contains an ID reference to an element containing the name of the editor, transcriber or encoder responsible for the decision not to provide any transcription of the material and hence the application of the gap tag. The hand attribute signifies the hand which made the deletion in the case of text omitted from the transcription because of deliberate deletion by an identifiable hand. The cert attribute signifies the degree of certainty ascribed to the identification of the extent of the missing material.


This element is modelled on an element in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standard.

MEI Guidelines Version 2.1.1

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