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In TEI P5 there are new ways to link names of people/places/organizations with information about the things themselves.

Linking Names and Their Referents

The name-related elements provided by the 'namesdates' module are members of the 'att.naming' class which provides ways to link the instance of a name with the entity (person, place, organization) being named. The 'att.naming' class provides the following attributes:
provides an external means of locating a full definition of the entity, e.g. a database key
provides a means of locating the canonical form (nym) of the names associated with the object
provides an explicit means of locating a full definition of the entity by means of a URI

Personal Names

  • persName (a proper noun or proper-noun phrase referring to a person)
  • forename (a forename, given or baptismal name)
  • surname (a family (inherited) name)
  • roleName (a name component indicating a particular role or position)
  • addName (an additional name, such as a nickname)
  • nameLink (a phrase used within a name, but not part of it, such as 'van der')
  • genName (a generational name component)

Organizational Names

  • orgName (contains an organizational name)
  • Any named collection of people regarded as a single unit
  • orgName can be used both to mark the instances of names, and also inside org (discussed later) which contains the description of that organization

Place Names

  • placeName (an absolute or relative place name)
  • bloc (a geo-political unit of two or more countries)
  • country (a nation / country)
  • region (administrative unit, such as a state, province or county)
  • settlement (a settlement, such as a city or town )
  • district (a subdivision ,such as a parish or ward)
  • geogName (a name of a geographical feature)
  • geogFeat (a common noun identifying a geographical feature such as valley or mount)
  • offset (direction of offset of a relative temporal/spatial expression between two place names / dates)
Names, Dates, People and Places