Creating and maintaining TAN collections

As noted in the previous section, it is ideal to group your TAN files through subdirectories in a master library. Those collections should contain files that cohere in some way, but this could be for any number of reasons. TAN is designed to encourage cross-linguistic and intertextual research, so what might hold various TAN files together is unpredictable.

In a given project, you are likely to repeat basic information, particularly <agent>, <role>, and <work>. such as elements with the the section called “IRI + name Pattern”, consider moving those to a TAN-key file. It is almost always preferable to develop TAN-keys before resorting to <inclusion>s. Sorting out lines of inclusion can be confusing.