<delSpan> (deleted span of text) marks the beginning of a longer sequence of text deleted, marked as deleted, or otherwise signaled as superfluous or spurious by an author, scribe, annotator, or corrector. [ Additions and Deletions]
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.transcriptional (@status, @cause, @seq) (att.editLike (@evidence, @instant)) (att.written (@hand)) att.typed (@type, @subtype) att.spanning (@spanTo) att.dimensions (@precision, @unit, @quantity, @extent, @scope) (att.ranging (@atLeast, @atMost, @min, @max, @confidence))
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element delSpan

<s:assert test="@spanTo">The @spanTo attribute of <s:name/> is required.</s:assert>

<s:assert test="@spanTo">L'attribut spanTo est requis.</s:assert>
<p>Paragraph partially deleted. This is the undeleted
portion <delSpan spanTo="#a23"/>and this the deleted
portion of the paragraph.</p>
<p>Paragraph deleted together with adjacent material.</p>
<p>Second fully deleted paragraph.</p>
<p>Paragraph partially deleted; in the middle of this
paragraph the deletion ends and the anchor point marks
the resumption <anchor xml:id="a23"/> of the text. ...</p>

Both the beginning and ending of the deleted sequence must be marked: the beginning by the delSpan element, the ending by the target of the spanTo attribute.

The text deleted must be at least partially legible, in order for the encoder to be able to transcribe it. If it is not legible at all, the delSpan tag should not be used. Rather, the gap tag should be employed to signal that text cannot be transcribed, with the value of the reason attribute giving the cause for the omission from the transcription as deletion. If it is not fully legible, the unclear element should be used to signal the areas of text which cannot be read with confidence. See further sections Text Omitted from or Supplied in the Transcription and, for the close association of the delSpan tag with the gap, damage, unclear and supplied elements, Use of the gap, del, damage, unclear, and supplied Elements in Combination.

The delSpan tag should not be used for deletions made by editors or encoders. In these cases, either the corr tag or the gap tag should be used.