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Re: VMs: New VMS pdf
Ken W wrote:
> I'm hoping to recompile a pdf of the complete MS if there is interest
> and it is not breaking any laws.
By all means do!
> 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.
I like having the folios two-up for this purpose. See
> - Recreation of the foldouts which could also be printed or viewed as
> they exist.
It would be nice, but printing them out without going
to an outside
printer would be undoable for most of us. There might
be some provision
> - 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.
I agree with Nick, it might not be the best place.
However, you could
just include the data files on the PDF for convenience,
and a possible later
> - Anything else anyone can think of...
As I said earlier, something to allow convenient
printing, though not compatible with the sort of layout
earlier, would be desirable, for someone without the
print it out image by image, and for possible wide
> 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.
Yes! I fully agree. I was compiling myself a hard
copy of the best
images available when the sid's came out. As someone
said long ago, computers
have tunnel vision, and you can get a feel for the Ms
this way you never could with loose poor paper copies
or with a transcription.
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