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VMs: New VMS pdf

Once again obsession is trumping my responsibility...

I'm hoping to recompile a pdf of the complete MS if there is interest and it is not breaking any laws.

What I hope to do is create a digital equivalent to the physical manuscript. Here are some of the features I would love to include:

- The quires can be grouped as they exist, yet I would love the ability for someone to easily rearrange the folios and quires to experiment. - Alignment (where possible) of recto and verso sides so a print out would register as in the physical MS.
- Recreation of the foldouts which could also be printed or viewed as they exist.
- Imbedded page data (i.e.., Takahashi transcription, word counts, distribution analysis, etc.).
- Ability for any user to insert notes and comments which can be exchanged between researchers.
- It may not be the most scientific approach but I do believe with the features on Acrobat 6 and some simple programming, it is possible to do OCR compiling from the pdf. One possible use of this could be to create a font breakdown (i.e., stroke based or an alternate letter definition) and run an analysis on the text. If there is any use for this, let me know.
- Anything else anyone can think of...

My hope is to create a "physical" reference with as much of the compiled knowledge already in existence. I have a scaled, printed and bound version of the previous pdf and I believe there is something intangibly advantageous to holding and flipping through a reproduction of the MS which one cannot get from piecemeal analysis of digital images alone.

Ken Walczak
801 Design

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