Defines a distinct scribe or handwriting style.
Module MEI.header
@analog(optional)Contains a reference to a field or element in another descriptive encoding system to which this MEI element is comparable. Value of datatype string. att.bibl
@initial(optional)Marks this hand as the first one of the document. Value conforms to data.BOOLEAN. hand
@label(optional)Provides a name or label for an element. The value may be any string. Value of datatype string. att.commonPart
@medium(optional)Describes the writing medium. Value of datatype string. att.medium
@n(optional)Provides a number-like designation for an element. Value conforms to token. att.common
@resp(optional)Captures information regarding responsibility for some aspect of the text's creation, transcription, editing, or encoding. Its value must point to one or more identifiers declared in the document header. One or more values from data.URI, separated by spaces. att.responsibility
@translit(optional)Specifies the transliteration technique used. Value of datatype NMTOKEN. att.lang
@xml:base(optional)Provides a base URI reference with which applications can resolve relative URI references into absolute URI references. Value conforms to data.URI. att.commonPart
@xml:id(optional)Regularizes the naming of an element and thus facilitates building links between it and other resources. Each id attribute within a document must have a unique value. Value of datatype ID. att.id
@xml:lang(optional)Identifies the language of the element's content. The values for this attribute are language 'tags' as defined in BCP 47. All language tags that make use of private use sub-tags must be documented in a corresponding language element in the MEI header whose id attribute is the same as the language tag's value. Value of datatype language. att.lang
Member of
Contained by
May contain
<memberOf key="att.common"/>
<memberOf key="att.bibl"/>
<memberOf key="att.lang"/>
<memberOf key="att.medium"/>
<memberOf key="att.responsibility"/>
<rng:ref name="model.textphraseLike.limited" />

The initial attribute indicates whether this is the first or main scribe of the document. The medium attribute describes the writing medium, e.g., 'pencil', or the tint or type of ink, e.g. 'brown'. The resp attribute contains an ID reference to an element containing the name of the editor or transcriber responsible for identifying the hand. The characteristics of the hand, particularly those related to the quality of the writing, such as 'shaky', 'thick', etc. may be described within the content of the hand element. This element is modelled on an element in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standard.