Often in prose texts you may encounter an "embedded" or floating text in the form of a letter, poem, journal entry, song, 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.
Floating texts are contained within a division of text (see example below) and may have one of the following division types (e.g.,
If you encounter another genre, do not assign a "type" attribute. Please document this in the VWWP Encoding Problems page for review and later designation.
- Chapter with a letter
<div type="chapter"> <pb xml:id="VAA2383_126" n="118"/> <head type="main">CHAPTER XIV</head> <head type="subtitle">MAURICE LEVY'S CONSTITUTION</head> <p><hi rend="b">L</hi>O, SAM!" said Maurice cautiously. "What you doin'?"</p> <p>Penrod at that instant had a singular experiencean intellectual shock like a flash of fire in the brain. Sitting in darkness, a great light flooded him with wild brilliance. He gasped!</p> <!--Text removed from example--> <p>"What you doin'?" asked Maurice for the third time, Sam Williams not having decided upon a reply.</p> <pb xml:id="VAA2383_127" n="119"/> <p>It was Penrod who answered.</p> <p>"Drinkin' lickrish water," he said simply, and wiped his mouth with such delicious enjoyment that Sam's jaded thirst was instantly stimulated. He took the bottle eagerly from Penrod.</p> <p>"A-a-h!" exclaimed Penrod, smacking his lips. "That was a good un!"</p> <!--Text removed from example--> <p>Penrod uttered some muffled words and then waved both armseither in response or as an expression of his condition of mind; it may have been a gesture of despair. How much intention there was in this actobviously so rash, considering the position he occupiedit is impossible to say. Undeniably there must remain a suspicion of deliberate purpose.</p> <!--Text removed from example--> <pb xml:id="VAA2383_138" n="130"/> <p>The damsel curtsied again and handed him the following communication, addressed to herself: </p> <floatingText> <body> <div type="letter"> <p>Dear madam Please excuse me from dancing the cotilo with you this afternoon as I have fell off the barn.</p> <closer> <salute>Sincerly yours</salute> <signed><hi rend="sc">Penrod Schofield.</hi></signed> </closer> </div> </body> </floatingText> </div>