[open-literature] The 'complaints' list!
ggb24 at cam.ac.uk
Sun Oct 24 13:17:46 BST 2010
I've finally had a free moment to get on to Firefox before this afternoon's
meeting... I'm going to attempt annotating for the first time as a guinea
pig and see if I encounter any problems that need dealing with. Here
ANNOTATING - all seemed to go well for the first 5 minutes, stuff already
annotated appeared in blue and I was able to edit them and add my own... -
...although whenever I clicked and attempted to edit, the page refreshed
and flicked me back to the top, so I had to hunt down through the text
again. - However, once I'd finished editing, it didn't seem to have any
effect. The new thing I tried to edit didn't turn blue, and my editing to
one of James's didn't turn up... - ...what's more, it immediately seems to
have stopped working. It's now as if I were back on IE. Click annotate and
it doesn't look the same at all. - One of the big problems is there are no
clear instructions for annotating anywhere obvious on the site. I had to
trawl through older new posts to find the ones that James posted there
months ago - and that's because I knew they were there.
COMPARING TEXTS - when there are two different Gutenberg texts, like the
Gutenberg vs. Gutenberg folio editions of Antony and Cleopatra, this works
really well... - ...but whenever I select a Moby text, it doesn't appear
clearly - I think the formatting in the PDF document is translating across
and making it look messy. - Also, this raises a bit of a problem about the
texts we're using - we've got an inconsistent number of texts for each
play, and in many cases we don't have any of the main variations (neither
of the 'Troilus and Cressida's includes the Prologue, for example).
Comparing such variations is the main reason people'd use this resource and
without them, it isn't fulfilling its potential.
SEARCH TEXTS (this is based mainly on my experience with trying to write
Word of the Week's) - texts have non-authentic stage directions / scene
notes in them. So when I'm searching for a word like 'tent' or 'palace', I
get loads of instances that Shakespeare didn't use and have to trawl
through. - also, it'd be really useful to have act, scene, line divisions
for the plays, rather than simply rolling line numbers. Without them, it's
hard to make the Word of the Week's look like scholarly articles.
Phew... Sorry that this is all so negative - and it may just be me being a
total technophobe. Hopefully we can discuss all this with whoever's around
at 3. See you then,
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