currently we are developing a MODS support component in our open source 
framework MyCoRe.

During implementation we noticed a nice feature is missing. For 
accessibility of the presentation platform we like to add some hints for 
screen readers etc.. We want use what the HTML standard provides us, as 
this is our primary presentation platform. So whenever a title or an 
abstract is entered we provide an additional field with the same text 
HTML-encoded. The proper way to link both together is to use the 
altRepGroup attribute as HTML is another representation of the normal 
plain text field.

Sadly there is no way of tagging which variant is plain text and which 
is HTML. There are three more attributes allowed: xml:lang, 
transliteration and script. Neither of them fits. I would like to 
suggest an "encoding" attribute that would enable this use case.


Thomas Scheffler
Thomas Scheffler
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Bibliotheksplatz 2
07743 Jena
Phone: ++49 3641 940027
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