<choice> groups a number of alternative encodings for the same point in a text. [3.4 Simple Editorial Changes]
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Attributesatt.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))
Member of
Contained by
analysis: cl pc phr s span w
figures: cell figDesc
iso-fs: fDescr fsDescr
linking: ab seg
spoken: u writing
tagdocs: eg valDesc
verse: metSym rhyme
May contain
linking: seg
transcr: am ex

<rng:element name="choice">
 <rng:ref name="att.global.attributes"/>
 <rng:ref name="att.global.rendition.attributes"/>
 <rng:ref name="att.global.linking.attributes"/>
 <rng:ref name="att.global.analytic.attributes"/>
 <rng:ref name="att.global.facs.attributes"/>
 <rng:ref name="att.global.change.attributes"/>
 <rng:ref name="att.global.responsibility.attributes"/>
   <rng:ref name="model.choicePart"/>
   <rng:ref name="choice"/>
element choice
   ( model.choicePart | choice )*

An American encoding of Gulliver's Travels which retains the British spelling but also provides a version regularized to American spelling might be encoded as follows.

<p>Lastly, That, upon his solemn oath to observe all the above
articles, the said man-mountain shall have a daily allowance of
meat and drink sufficient for the support of <choice>
 </choice> of our subjects,
with free access to our royal person, and other marks of our

Because the children of a choice element all represent alternative ways of encoding the same sequence, it is natural to think of them as mutually exclusive. However, there may be cases where a full representation of a text requires the alternative encodings to be considered as parallel.

Note also that choice elements may self-nest.

Where the purpose of an encoding is to record multiple witnesses of a single work, rather than to identify multiple possible encoding decisions at a given point, the app element and associated elements discussed in section 12.1 The Apparatus Entry, Readings, and Witnesses should be preferred.