Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 755.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 06:25:28 +0000
Subject: Medieval Manuscript Transcription program and guidelines
Some of you may know that the Digital Scriptorium project at Berkeley and
Columbia has been working on guidelines and a Document Type Definition
(DTD) for the transcription of medieval manuscripts. A beta version
written by Michael Sperberg-McQueen was presented at a workshop at
Berkeley in the summer of 1999. We now have another version with more
complete guidelines, which are designed to work with a text editor called
NoteTab. We are very grateful to David Seamn (U. of Virginia) for this
If you are interested in helping us test these material, or if you would
like to try them out for use in your own projects, they are now available
at the Digital Scriptorium address given below:
This can also be accessed directly from the Digital Scriptorium home page
Please feel to forward this message to any other relevant lists.
Questions we are interested in:
(1) Do the Guide and DTD "work" for practicing medievalists? Specifically,
is the Guide good enough to be more-or-less self-explanatory? If you are
_not_ familiar with the Text Encoding Initiative, HTML, or XML encoding,
you should probably read through the introduction to the Guide fairly
carefully, particularly with regard to the information to be supplied in
the Header tag.
(2) Is the Notetab program user-friendly enough so that transcribers can
get started with a minimum of outside help and training? (Please note that
NoteTab is Windows-based software).
When you download the NoteTab program you should be able to extract it by
clicking on the zip file and then on the setup.exe file in order to
install it. Once it is installed save the ds2.clb file as indicated on the
I have gone through this basic process and it works. When you open
NoteTab, you will find a set of captions at the bottom of the screen. When
you click on "ds2" a menu opens on the left of the screen. To insert any
tag or set of tags into your document, simply click on them. If there are
parameters, a popup window will allow you to add them. E.g., if your text
is divided into chapters, the <div1> you should call the tag type
"chapter" and the tag number "1", "2", "3", etc.
We will put some sample transcriptions on the web site so that you can see
what they look like. One is already included as an Appendix to the Guide.
David Seaman is working on an XML style sheet (see attached message).
Please address any questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(preferably) at email@example.com.
On Sat, 17 Mar 2001, Merrilee Proffitt wrote:
> Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 15:35:20 -0800
> From: Merrilee Proffitt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Charles Faulhaber <email@example.com>,
David M. Seaman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: email@example.com
> David and Charles,
> I have put the files up at:
> >On Mon, 12 Mar 2001, David M. Seaman wrote:
> >> Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 07:11:24 -0500 (EST)
> >> From: David M. Seaman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >> To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
> > email@example.com
> >> Subject: README FIRST!
> >> firstname.lastname@example.org, goetz@CSUA.Berkeley.EDU,
> >> email@example.com
> >> Hello again -- as I go into a week of teaching
> >> etexts and ebooks in Rare Book School I thought
> >> I'd unburden myself of the following drafts for
> >> your review -- I'll get back to them next weekend
> >> so any comments by them much appreciated.
> >> Coming to you in a series of emails are the following:
> >> 1) ds2.dtd -- XML update of ds.dtd
> >> 2) XML versions, updated for the new guidelines, of the
> >> files you sent me -- martha1.xml, martha2.xml,
> >> martha3.xml, and ucb152.xml
> >> 3) ds2guide.htm -- the draft of the updated guidelines.
> >> DON'T please worry about the messy code -- I dumped this
> >> down to HTML so you could review it easily for its
> >> content but not its layout and format.
> >> 4) ds2.clb -- the beginnings of a NoteTab "library" for the
> >> ds2 tags. To download Notetab Light (free) go to
> >> www.notetab.com. Once it is installed in
> >> c:\Program Files\Notetab Light put the ds2.clb file
> >> in c:\Program Files\Notetab Light\Libraries and you
> >> will have a ds2 choice for the left-hand column of
> >> tags (in addition to teh HTML and other "libraries"
> >> that come with the program).
> >> The parser and XSLT choices in the library won't
> >> work yet as you don't yet have the software they
> >> reference.
> >> Best,
> >> David
> >> P.S. am also working on a simple xsl stylesheet so folks can review
> >> ds2 xml documents in Internet Explorer 5.5, launching directly from
> >> Notetab should they wish.
> >Charles Faulhaber The Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
> >(510) 642-3782 FAX (510) 642-7589 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Faulhaber The Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-3782 FAX (510) 642-7589 email@example.com
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