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Floating Texts

Often in prose texts you may encounter an "embedded" or floating text in the form of a letter, poem, journal entry, etc. Floating texts such as these have a complete structure that interrupts the flow of the main text that require the use of the <floatingText> tag. For example, letters and journal entries (see detailed description below have an opener and body; letters usually have closers, and a poem may be quoted in its entirety, with a title, epigraph, etc. In the case where a verse from a poem is excerpted, it is not necessary to represent the verse as a floating text.

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Letters

Letters that are presented to the legislative body or read into the record commonly appear within prose texts and should be encoded as <floatingText> with <div type="letter">.

  • Use <opener> is if the letter contains a dateline, salutation or other opening content.
    • Use <salute>, <dateline>, etc. when present
  • Use <closer> if letter has closing content like signature, dateline, etc.
    • Use <signed> if name appears in the closing

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