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Viewing transcriptions and images

To view one or more MSS

Working with multiple MSS

To switch to MS view mode

To view representative images of a MS

Navigation

To navigate by scrolling

To navigate by using the Episode Map

To navigate by using the Go To function

Collation

To collate MSS

To display the metalineation numbers

Searching and locating information

To use the Search function

To access information about the MSS

To consult the User's Guide at any time

Printing

To print out material


How to reference this edition

Introduction

This edition allows you to view a single MS, or up to four MSS simultaneously, with or without information on features such as abbreviations, erasures, holes in the MS etc. You can also view digitised images of representative folios of each MS. When viewing two or more MSS at the same time, you can choose whether to display blank spaces where lines feature in some MSS but not others, or to view each MSS as an unbroken sequence of lines. The software allows you to navigate either by scrolling, by folio or line number, or via an episode map that will take you to individual sections of the narrative. A search function makes it possible to locate an individual line identified from a printed edition, or to find all the occurrences of particular items. You can also access supporting documentation giving information about the MSS and the way in which they have been transcribed. A print function allows you to print out this user's guide, MS descriptions, search results and sections of the transcriptions.

One unusual feature of the edition is its use of a dual numbering system. Each line in each MS is allocated two ID numbers. One is a standard line number representing the location of the line within the sequence of lines in that MS. When you view a transcription in the default mode (normal view), the standard line numbers will appear to the left of the text, as in a printed edition. The other ID number is a metalineation number, corresponding to the location of the line within the sequence made up by aggregating all the MSS. The metalineation corresponds to a 'virtual MS' that contains not only the text common to all the MSS, but also every 'additional' passage that appears in one or more of the individual witnesses. The metalineation numbers can be displayed instead of the standard line numbers, and provide a means of identifying lines economically and unambiguously when carrying out comparative studies on two or more MSS. So, for instance, a line that appears in MSS G and L, but not in the other witnesses, can be referenced as Meta 13294, rather than 'the line that appears in MSS G and L after line 346 of the Continuation in the Gildea edition', or 'the line corresponding to v. 10824 in MS G and v. 10431 in MS L '. The metalineation also forms the basis for the collation function.

 

To view one or more MSS

The manuscript(s) you have selected will be displayed in normal view, uncollated (i.e. with the standard line numbering, and with each transcription appearing as an unbroken sequence of lines). In normal view, vocalic and consonantal i and u are differentiated as i / j and u / v respectively, and word division is regularised. Notes are indicated by at the end of a line. To view a note, click on the ; to close a note window, click on Close. If you click on a note icon at the very bottom of a frame, you may need to scroll down in that frame to view the note. It is usually better to bring the note icon to the middle of the frame before clicking on it.

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Working with multiple MSS

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To navigate by scrolling

The majority of the transcription files are very large, which could result in significant delays for some users if they were downloaded in their entirety each time a viewing selection was changed. To avoid this, the transcriptions download in sections of 200 lines. To continue scrolling beyond the end or the beginning of the current section, click on View next / previous 200 lines.

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To navigate by using the Episode Map

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To navigate by using the Go To function

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To switch from normal view mode to MS view mode

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To collate MSS

Either A

Or B

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To display the metalineation numbers

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To use the Search function

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To access information about the MSS

 

To view images of representative folios of a MS

Either A

Or B

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To print out material

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To consult the User's Guide at any time

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How to reference this edition

If you intend to publish material prepared using this edition, or to quote from any part of the edition (including the Manuscript Notes and User's Guide), you must acknowledge the edition as a source. Please note the following preferred form of referencing:

When referring to specific lines or passages in the transcriptions, use the metaline numbers (preceded by the word Meta) in conjunction with the manuscript siglum, e.g. L Meta 1427 or ABG Meta 36-45

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