TAN-T elements and attributes summarized

The element div marks a textual unit. Contains other <div>s or text, but not both (no mixed content).

TAN's <div> differs from the TEI's, in that the latter is intended for the first level or levels of subdivision in the front, body, or back of a text, but not for paragraphs or anonymous blocks. The TAN <div> better resembles the one defined by HTML, and can be applied to any kind of division whatsoever., even down to the letter or character level.

Formal Definition

~ed-stamp?, 
   (~inclusion | 
      (@type, @n, @xml:lang?, (<div>+ | text)))

Used by: ~item, ~text-div

[Caution]Caution

All text must be normalized (Unicode NFC).

[Caution]Caution

Leaf div references must be unique.

[Caution]Caution

@n's taking digit values should not begin with 0.

[Caution]Caution

Every leaf div must have at least some non-space text.

[Caution]Caution

No div may begin with a modifying character.

[Caution]Caution

No div may have a spacing character followed by a modifying character.

[Caution]Caution

No div may have Unicode characters that are disallowed, e.g., U+A0, NO BREAK SPACE.

[Caution]Caution

<div>s may not be mixed with other elements: a <div> must parent either only <div>s or none at all, and may have as siblings only other <div>s.

[Caution]Caution

A <div> must not mix @include with any other attributes.

[Caution]Caution

A <div> must have either @type + @n or @include but not both.

[Important]Important

@n suffices for labeling text in a <div>; the @n's value should not appear in the text.

[Important]Important

concatenated @n's suffice for labeling text in a <div>; the <div>'s reference should not appear in the text.


The element TAN-T specifies that the TAN file contains a transcription. Root element.

Formal Definition

~TAN-root
[Important]Important

Every validated TAN file will include the following message at its root. This version of TAN is under development, and is subject to change. Participants in developing the TAN schemas, functions, and guidelines are welcome. See http://textalign.net for details.