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Gap Tags

Gaps within the full text of EEBO are represented by an ellipsis in square brackets [...]. However, where the reason for the gap has been identified, we have included a more meaningful symbol or piece of text (based on information from the TCP).

The following symbols/text have been used in EEBO:

Symbol/text example Represents
A single illegible letter.
Displays as an olive-coloured bullet with no spacing around it.
Two or more illegible letters.
Displays as a gray-coloured ellipsis between two square brackets.
A section of illegible text.
Displays as an olive-coloured 3-dot ellipsis with no spacing around it.
A single illegible letter followed by an undefined span of continuous, illegible text.
Displays as an olive-coloured dot and a 3-dot ellipsis with no spacing around them.
An illegible word.
Displays as olive-coloured diamond between two half-brackets.
Musical notation.
Displays as red musical notes within half-brackets
An undefined symbol.
Displays as a red open square within a pair of half-brackets.
Two undefined symbols.
Displays as a divided red open square within a pair of half-brackets.
An undefined span of illegible text.
Displays as an olive-coloured 3-dot ellipsis between two half-brackets.
Mathematical notation.
Displays as the word 'math' within half-brackets.
One foreign word.
Displays as the red text '[1 word non-Latin alphabet]'.
An undefined number of foreign words.
Displays as the red text '[undefined span non-Latin alphabet]'.
Intruder.
Displays as a description in gray text in square brackets.
Missing.
Displays as a description in gray text in square brackets.
Replacement.
Displays as a description in gray text in square brackets.
Duplicate.
Displays as a description in gray text in square brackets.

Some special characters are represented as their entity name in curly brackets, e.g. {Saturn}, {north node}.