We have incorporated the subscriptio as text with details about which language is used. Besides
the original spelling, standardizations according to modern spelling and translations can also be
For the subject indexing of the content of emblem books, we use the TEI element <index>,
for which four levels of indexing and an unlimited number of index types are definable. A par-
ticular system of rules was worked out for the verification of the index tag.
For example, this
system specifies that level 1 describes the authority form, level 2 the original spelling, and level 3
the function.With such a scheme of verification, their images can be indexed in many different
ways.Text can be prepared with a keyword, without having to include the surrounding text. In
our project the element <index> plays a technically central role in the transfer of data to a data-
base and is responsible for the various retrieval functions.
O r i e n t a t i o n t o w a rd t h e S t ru c t u re o f t h e B o o k
After having analyzed numerous emblem books, we decided to structure the XML document
primarily according to the book structure and not that of the individual emblem.This is impor-
tant in that all components of an emblem do not always follow each other. Also many emblem
books do not correspond to the three-part ideal type. In the following example, the mottos with
the German language subscriptions are summarized at the beginning of the book, followed by
motto, pictura, and subscriptio in Latin.
We mark the relations of individual parts in separate divisions with attribute values of refer-
ence (e, next) so that during research the Latin as well as the German subscriptio can be found.
If we search for the motto "sine numine frustra,"
Peter Isselburg, Emblemata Politica:
In aula magna Curiae, Noribergensis
depicta (Nürnberg: Iselburg, ).
Signatur: Uk 40; http://diglib.hab.
Illustration 4: List of mottos from Isselburg, Emblemata
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