<damage> (damage) contains an area of damage to the text witness. [ Damage, Illegibility, and Supplied Text]
AttributesAttributes att.global (@xml:id, @n, @xml:lang, @xml:base, @xml:space) (att.global.rendition (@rend, @style, @rendition)) (att.global.linking (@corresp, @synch, @sameAs, @copyOf, @next, @prev, @exclude, @select)) (att.global.analytic (@ana)) (att.global.facs (@facs)) (att.global.change (@change)) (att.global.responsibility (@cert, @resp)) (att.global.source (@source)) att.typed (@type, @subtype) att.damaged (@agent, @degree, @group) (att.dimensions (@precision, @unit, @quantity, @extent, @scope) (att.ranging (@atLeast, @atMost, @min, @max, @confidence)) ) (att.written (@hand))
Member of
Contained by
analysis: pc w
dictionaries: form
msdescription: origDate
textcrit: lem rdg
textstructure: dateline docImprint
transcr: am line zone
May contain
element damage
<l>The Moving Finger wri<damage agent="watergroup="1">es; and</damage> having writ,</l>
<l>Moves <damage agent="watergroup="1">
  <supplied>on: nor all your</supplied>
 </damage> Piety nor Wit</l>

Since damage to text witnesses frequently makes them harder to read, the damage element will often contain an unclear element. If the damaged area is not continuous (e.g. a stain affecting several strings of text), the group attribute may be used to group together several related damage elements; alternatively the join element may be used to indicate which damage and unclear elements are part of the same physical phenomenon.

The damage, gap, del, unclear and supplied elements may be closely allied in use. See section Use of the gap, del, damage, unclear, and supplied Elements in Combination for discussion of which element is appropriate for which circumstance.