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VMs: Re: Numbered transcription

Hi GC,

is this page something like what you had in mind?


Ouch - my version of Acrobat Reader (3.0) throws up an error on this page: It says:-

There was an error processing a page. A font contains a bad CMap /Encoding.

[ OK ]

I guess I should probably upgrade to 5.0... oh, the agonies of continual upgrading... :-(

All the same, I could (briefly) see the first line, and, yes, that's exactly what I had in mind. :-)

Also: I should say that was more thinking more in terms of HTML (specifically DHTML) than pdf's. It should be easy to devise a way for JavaScript to generate (and display) the line/word numbers automatically for a given lump of text. Using two CSS styles (one for text, one for numbering) would also be a sensible use of modern HTML. :-)

But for what you're trying to do, I think it would make an *awful* lot of sense to use XML, as John Grove suggested last summer.

For the uninitiated, an XML version of a VMS transcription might well look something like this:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='windows-1252' standalone='yes'?>
        <page name='f0r' hand='A' section='astro'>
                <line name='X.01'>

What you would see in your browser (or XML editor) would be a structured & fontified view of that, with perhaps line/word numbers added to it, etc.

Sure, compared to the existing set of transcriptions XML is "flabby" - but for what you're trying to do - a more broadly collaborative glyph-based transcription exercise - I think there would be quite a few benefits.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....